One of the nicest things a parent ever said to me was, “I don’t want to go to work. Everyone there is a ‘basement’ personality. You’re a ‘balcolny’ person, always upbeat and friendly.” Well, talk about your positive reinforcement! (Now, my friends – and my husband, especially – will tell you that I can crab, whine and complain with the best of them. But at work – keep your spirits up in the balcolny!) You may be the only person who smiles at some of your parents that day.