What a fresh difference one smile can make. As I walked into a building foyer—struggling to see—after being outside in the bright sunlight recently, I was greeted with such a memorable smile in the form of one generous young lady. It made my minute quite frankly. The very image of her pleasant, friendly offering made a difference for me; a moment of joy in an otherwise tense day. This smile truly transformed her face. That’s I think what I noticed.
Why do we underestimate the stunning power of simple smiles? Why is it we don’t more often break into song—whistling, smiling—dancing in our spirits?
I think it’s because we’re all too often so weighed down with our very own concerns to worry or think about others. Yet we miss out on so much—and so do they.
Training ourselves to smile again, more and more, is simply a matter of awareness and discipline, surely. Surely it’s a better way. Surely we’d be happier as a result. Certainly in my experience above, the smile-song sung its way back into my heart and I wished that person a very pleasant day for what she gave to me, so freely and willingly; one little, cherishable moment—such a big spiritual difference.
When we think about it we have a hundred of these opportunities every day. And perhaps to be fair we don’t always feel like smiling; better not to smile than fake it—plastic faced grins are not smiles at all; they’re are definitely not on. We have to not only get our mouths, but our whole face involved!
“A smile confuses an approaching frown.”
If we want more happiness and joy in life we have to be prepared to give before we can get.
And for those who might be considering plastic surgery to improve their aging looks:
“A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.”
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.