It feels good!
“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” The words are from P.S. I Love You by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
An unknown author once said, “A smile confuses an approaching frown.”
Perhaps my favorite comes from Phyllis Diller who said, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Take a few minutes to think about smiling. It could change the day!
A smile is such a treasure. Who does not love a smile? The unsolicited smile from someone we do not know in a public place says, “Being alive is great!” So much inequity exists between people. Some are rich while others struggle to make ends meet. Good looks belong to some while others are not so gratified by looking in the mirror. In the ability to give away a smile, everyone is on equal footing. Each person potentially owns the same number of smiles waiting to be given away per day. A smile not given is a resource wasted.
Gifts for Everyone
When a person smiles at another person, the giver of the smile has awarded the greatest present. The beauty is this. That present costs the giver nothing. They are no poorer after they give it! I question why some people give away smiles so infrequently. Worse than that, I consider the reason a person would not return the gift of a smile. I do like to offer honest smiles, as I enjoy people and life in general. That said there are times when one gives the smile only to get a non-reaction or even a scowl in return. That is the same as someone giving a gift and the recipient not accepting it. What is up with that? I always wonder and have to conclude that the unfortunate recipient not offering a smile in return is an unhappy person not wanting to let in any happiness.
Try An Experiment
Smile at everyone met in a day at least within reason. As the giver of this greatest gift, what is the feeling when the recipient returns the gift with a smile? What is the feeling when the recipient refuses the gift? Why would the recipient not return the present? The intriguing part is this. The giver feels better after each smile! Make a mental note of that feeling.
A Few More Reasons to Smile
1. Research shows it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. One is saving energy by smiling. In fact, the figures show 37 muscles are required for frowning and only 22 to smile. Avoid being the cynic who would say that because frowning requires more muscles , it should burn more calories. Smile. That was a joke.
2. Some people will wonder what the smiling person is “up to.” It is fun to keep people guessing.
3. Feel rich by with the fact that an unlimited number of smiles are available.
4. Most important of all, a smile says "I love you" to those closest to us. Ask at night how many times a smile was given to those loved the most during the day. Aim to grow that number the next day.