today, i will give myself a grade of 8 out of 10. let's review the list:
1. smiled to people (even if i did not feel like smiling at some relatives)- check!
2. talked to people- check!
3. asked some people how they were- check!
4. ate the food served- check!
5. projected a "i'm enjoying the moment right now" face- check!
6. helped with the chores they were supposed to do (coz they were the hosts)- check!
7. told something about my life in general- check!
8. told stories about other people- check!
9. prevented myself from grumbling because of not going home early- XXXXXXX
10. kept a smile while on our way home- XXXXXXX
so that's it. a big improvement!