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10-Year-Old Author’s Wisdom on Joy & Hope

Join host Barry Shore in an uplifting and insightful conversation with Ken Rochon, accompanied by his remarkable 10-year-old son. Ken’s son, an accomplished author at the young age of 10 with 12 published books to his name, shares wisdom that transcends his years. Together, they delve into the power of joy, the impact of spreading smiles through millions of “KEEP SMILING” cards across languages, and the essence of leadership in amplifying goodness in today’s world. Tune in for an inspiring dialogue that explores life lessons, the importance of positivity, and the essence of hope emanating from sharing joy.

Show Notes:

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[11.31] Kenny’s First 10 Years

  • Smiling releases chemicals called dopamine and oxytocin.
  • These chemicals bring joy to the world.
  • Insufficient smiling can lead to the presence of negative chemicals.
  • Cortisol, associated with stress, can contribute to conditions like cancer and other diseases.
  • Maintaining happiness and joy may help avoid the onset of various illnesses.
  • Kenny’s Acronym: “Knowing Energy Nurtures Never-Ending Yields.”
  • By the age of 10, Kenny has authored 12 books.


  • 4 million KEEP SMILING cards have been distributed in 45 languages.
  • Kenny III generously distributes 3-5 KEEP SMILING cards every day.
  • The captivating narrative of KEEP SMILING begins at 27:00 and concludes at 28:00.
  • A poignant and heart-rending story related to KEEP SMILING unfolds from 28:00 to 29:05.
  • My aspiration is to effect change globally, inspired by the impact of individuals like Barry Shore and my father, by promoting joyfulness.
  • Kenny demonstrated how to spell KEEP SMILING in sign language.

[30.01] Mantra

  • Kenny shares a mantra titled “Bottom Line,” credited to Anonymous.
  • Mantra: “Face it, nobody owes you a living. What you achieve or fail to achieve in your lifetime is directly related to what you do or fail to do. No one chooses their parents or childhood, but you can choose your own direction.”
  • Everyone encounters problems and obstacles, but how one handles them is what sets individuals apart.
  • Circumstances are not permanent; flexibility exists.
  • Those who take responsibility for their actions exemplify true wonder in life.
  • It’s never too late or too early to start anew.
  • Time is impartial and passes regardless of action taken.
  • Seize control of your life, dare to dream, and be willing to take risks.
  • If you’re not willing to strive for your goals, don’t expect others to believe in you.
  • Defeat hate and embrace goodness.

[34.28] Brother Stephen

  • I’ve experienced the loss of two individuals who made me realize the preciousness of life.
  • My brother conveyed, “Life isn’t just precious; it’s meant to be lived in a saintly manner.”
  • After my brother’s passing, my son reminded me of my words about Uncle Stephen being the family’s glue and questioned if I would now take on that role.
  • GLUE signifies: Generosity, Love, Unity, and Empathy.
  • GLUE also represents: God’s Love Unifying Energy.
  • Your happiness contributes to everyone’s pursuit of purpose expressed nobly in song.

[45.01] Leaders

  • Leadership comes in both positive and negative forms.
  • Our emphasis is on magnifying goodness.
  • Inspiration bestows power upon individuals.
  • Our resounding message is: “Hope is alive!”
  • Hope thrives through the smiles you share with yourselves and the world.
  • A current struggle persists between forces of good and evil.

Insider Tips:

Dr. Craig Chepke, MD, DFAPA, attended NYU School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Duke University. He has his own private practice in Huntersville, North Carolina and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Chepke has special interests in treatment-resistant depression, severe mental illness, movement disorders, and sleep medicine. He is active in clinical trials and serves on the Board of Directors of nonprofit organizations benefitting schizophrenia and Huntington’s disease. Finally, Dr. Chepke has been named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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About Dr. Smiley Rochon

Ken ‘Dr. Smiley’ Rochon, Jr., PhD is a renaissance man, humanitarian, and an accomplished serial entrepreneur. He is a social proof celebrity event photographer, international keynote speaker, and published author of 47 books.

Ken, who lost his mother to Alzheimer’s complications, desires to live a life of purpose where he leaves a legacy of love for his son to model. He is the Co-Founder of the non-profit organization He has published over 300 books of leaders. The movement shares these books with everyone needing a ‘D.O.S.E. of HOPE.’