More Smiles Needed!

One day my child asked, “Mommy, are you happy?” To my nod she shot back, “Then why aren’t you smiling?” Good question! Now as I get older, I’ve noticed that gravity pulls things down—all the more reason to consciously push up those facial muscles. So I’ve been trying to smile more, even when alone, like driving, walking across a parking lot, or folding clothes from the dryer. As I think pleasant thoughts, smiles come spontaneously. It’s surprising how the upward swing of my lips can actually affect my mood. And flashing a genuine smile is equally effective in brightening the mood of others. Everyone can use a smile—the nurse in the hall, clerk in a store, passerby, family, friend, or stranger. A genuine smile or kind word makes a critically needed human connection. Babies learn to smile as their first means of communication. A smile bridges language barriers. All people smile in the same language. “Be the living expression of God’s kindness—kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting” (Mother Theresa). There are countless Reasons to Rejoice every day. A smile is the inward affirmation and outward reflection of those reasons.

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