Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Her smile lit up the room.
As I walked across the yoga studio floor, I felt drawn to this beautiful young woman.
“Your face is radiant,” I said. “Simply beautiful.”
“Ah, you are so kind,” she said back, while smiling even bigger than before.
“It is so true. Your smile makes my day.”
The Power of a Smile
What is it about a smile that can make or break your day? Something the dictionary defines as, “having a pleasant or agreeable appearance or aspect,” a smile seems so extraordinarily ordinary, doesn’t it? Yet, it holds so much power.
Is there something I can do, we can do, that might make a real difference?
My conclusion? Look into our own hearts and face any and all truths concerning our own negative behaviors:
- Do I take the time to examine my own heart and life?
- Am I loving myself well, as the Great Commandment directs in Mark 12:28-34?
- How am I treating those closest to me? Do I live with 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in mind?
- Does “The Golden Rule” actually rule my day-to-day life?
- Are there ways I can improve my verbal and non-verbal ways of communicating?
And, at the top of my list? Do I move through my day with intentionality and vitality, making an effort to look others in the eye, connect somehow, and ultimately, offer them a smile that radiates hope—regardless of how I feel on the inside?
What Makes You Smile?
Mother Teresa so wisely said, “Peace begins with a smile.”
Can it really be that simple? I think she spoke these words because she lived these words.
I want to do the same.
As we move through the weekend, let’s challenge ourselves (and one another) to move through our days with a smile on our face. I’m digging deep and asking myself, “What makes me smile?” Over on Facebook, I’ll be sharing my “Top Ten Reasons I Smile,” and hope you will share yours.