The Happiness Machine

~~~~~HAPPY NEW YEAR!~~~~~

As we approach the close of 2017, I wish you much happiness in the New Year. Here’s a tiny story to close this year and open the new one. 🙂

Photo courtesy Ted Strutz

The Happiness Machine

“Prove it,” I said, skeptical Dr. Kissylips had invented a Happiness Machine.

“I’m 100% sure,” she replied. “Though I haven’t tested it yet.”

I sneered. “Good grief. You haven’t even tested it?”

She peered over her glasses. “You volunteering?”

I had nothing better to do. “Sure.”

“Great! First, the ‘before.” She held a mirror to my face. “See that scowl?”


“Here we go!” She flipped a switch.

Wheels spun. Mirrored disks caught sunlight that glittered and swirled around me.

Dr. Kissylips sashayed over with her mirror. “Voila!” she said. “Behold the ‘after!”

And in my reflection, a wide-eyed smile.


Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt.

Click HERE to read more stories in an online flash fiction anthology by the Friday Fictioneers.

Thank you, Ted Strutz for your fun photo prompt!

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31 Responses to The Happiness Machine

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Dr. Kissylips – great name! This made me smile, so her job is done 🙂

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  2. James says:

    Kissylips? The mind boggles.

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  3. To quote an old adage: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Hopefully this change will be more than cosmetic and she’ll feel happy, too. Good story. (With a name like that, this doctor sounds like a real party-girl. 😉

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  4. Dear Jan,

    Puppies have the same effect on me. 😉 Love Dr. Kissylips. And your story makes me happy, too.



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    • Jan Vanek says:

      Thank you, Rochelle. Puppies (and babies, of course–especially grandbabies!) make me happy, too. And, if nothing else, I thought the good doctor’s name might draw a few smiles. 🙂


  5. Moon says:

    I loved and smiled at the ‘ wide-eyed happy smile’ I hope it stays for good.
    Wonderful story, Jan

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  6. Kissylips. Ha ha ha ha ha. And who wouldn’t be happy seeing that cute contraption!


  7. Lynn Love says:

    Ah, wouldn’t that be marvellous! Sign the world up to one of these machines. Nice tale Jan

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  8. granonine says:

    You certainly put a smile on MY face 🙂

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  9. I smiled and smiled and smiled. Dr Kissylips… I am still smiling. I will finish this story!


  10. I smiled too… so it works even reading it… great name that would have worked on a James Bond movie… (like Pussy Galore)

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  11. Jelli says:

    Enjoyed your story, and hope you have a great start to the new year as well.

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  12. rgayer55 says:

    I immediately chuckled at the name Kissylips. Shiny objects have made people smile for centuries. What a fun take on the prompt. Best wishes for a great 2018.


  13. pennygadd51 says:

    Throw out the Prozac! Shun the therapist! Dr Kissylips has the answer!
    Nice story, Jan. I’m not surprised the contraption made your narrator smile!


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