Smiles, contain so much power. They can light up a room, they can make us feel all warm and cozy inside. When I say smile, I mean real ones, the kind that lights you up from your eyes and your heart. I mean a whole hearted smile, the kinds that lights up your eyes and permeates through your whole body. Smiles can begin friendships and make others feel welcome.
Smile at Yourself
Every time you see your reflection, give yourself a big and bright smile. Let’s face it, we see our reflection a lot throughout the day. Most commonly in mirrors but also in windows and other types of reflective surfaces. What I am recommending is that anytime you see yourself in any reflection, mirror or otherwise, give yourself a big warming smile. This approach is sure to brighten a bad day and overtime bring you to a higher state of self-love.
Smile at Others
Smile at strangers on the street! If you are feeling particularly welcoming say ‘hello.’ Don’t be attached to the outcome, you won’t always get a hello in response. Sometimes it may be more of a puzzled and bewildered look than anything else. At some point in our culture we have slowly begun to drift apart and be so disconnected that we don’t even give others the simplest of salutations, hi, hello, hey there! Maybe the simplest warm gesture of a smile will make a huge positive change that person’s day.
Be Wise Beyond your Age
I once passed a group of adults and on one of the man’s shoulders sat a young girl. When I smiled and said hello to the group the only response I received was from the little girl who gave me a wonderful hello. As the distance grew between us as we passed I don’t know what the group said to the small girl, maybe who I was or how we knew one another. The only thing I could hear was the girl saying loudly “She’s my neighbor.” The whole group broke out in laughter at how adorable and childish her response was. But for me it brought an even bigger smile to my face and a warmth in my heart.
That little girl was so right! Aren’t we all neighbors, all inhabitants of this wonderful world and shouldn’t we treat each other as such? We don’t have to be best friends with everyone but we can treat each other with a common curtesy and general kindness of a smile and maybe even a Hello!
There are more than enough to go around
Think abundance mentality here people! Another great thing about a smile or a simple “hello” is that both of these things are entirely free! Talk about budget friendly here people. I am not even asking you to give up a ton of your time either, this hardly takes any time at all!
Do I think this is going to solve all the world’s problems? Unfortunately no, but once I started doing this for myself I noticed I am far less judgmental of seeing my reflection. I am not worrying about a hair being out of place or this or that being wrong about my face, I just smile and take it all in. This life is too short to do anything but smile at ourselves. We can’t always control how other people treat us but we can 100% be in charge of how we treat ourselves.
As a society I do not feel that we smile enough so SMILE a lot and often, the world needs more of them! What small changes like smiling more have made the biggest impacts in your life?