Let’s talk about smiling. And your smile.
My mother was known for her broad smile and sunny disposition. Even if it did cover up a boatload of insecurity, sadness and problems, her smile really did make the whole day glad for many.
I didn’t inherit that bright and happy face. I’ve had to work at it. But the funny thing about is that simply smiling, showing the world a happy face, made me happy. It became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Pretty soon, I found myself with a new, upbeat personality, with positivity that has lasted decades now.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’ve had my dark times. Sad times. I was sad for almost two years after my mother died. I was sad for a long time after my first divorce.
And I was deadly serious about my career.
But over time I’ve learned that approaching each day with a smile and a cheery attitude makes life so much more fun.
“Your smile,” a new acquaintance said the other day, “lights up the room.”
Smiling. So easy. It’s such a little thing, isn’t it? And it has a huge impact: on ourselves and on the world around us.
So just for today, let your smile light up the world. Let your smile make the whole day glad for many
And see what happens.
I suspect you’ll make the whole day glad for yourself, too.