April 10, 2008.
"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do."
I remember the days when you asked someone how they were doing in the morning they would flash a great big smile and say, 'Great!' or 'Fantastic!' or maybe even 'Tremendous!' Their cheery disposition and their bright-eyed expression said it all. They felt absolutely terrific - and it showed.
Their energy was electric, their enthusiasm contagious. You could feel the good vibes radiating right through you. Their positive charged response made you feel a little lighter, a little brighter. The brief encounter instantly improved your mood and heightened your spirits. Isn't it truly amazing how their one word reply could set off such a powerful chain reaction within you?
"Everywhere you go, take a smile with you."
Is it just me or does it sometimes feel like someone allowed the cheer to seep out of the happiness balloon? Maybe even let it burst altogether. It seems like way too many people constantly walk around with a sour look on their faces these days, as if they had just wolfed down a persimmon casserole.
Greet some folks with a hearty hello and you might receive a dirty look in return. Flash a smile to someone you pass on the street and your reward may be a stone cold reception. And heaven help you if you ask the wrong person about how they're doing.
Good grief, what the heck is going on here anyway?
"Find your happiness in yourself."
Simply put, some people are simply unhappy; persistently, consistently, chronically unhappy. They are unhappy about their lives, unhappy about their jobs, unhappy with their relationships; in fact, they're basically unhappy about just about everything. And they're quick to spread their unhappiness around. But hey, that's < i>THEIR problem; don't allow it to become yours.
If your happiness turns them off or worse yet sets them off, then get on down the road. As quickly as possible. Rest assured, someone else, somewhere else, will appreciate your upbeat attitude.
It's your birthright to be happy; as happy as you want to be as a matter of fact. So if you feel like singing, sing. Belt it out! If you feel like dancing, dance. And I do mean cut a big time rug. And if you feel like spreading some happiness all around, let it rip! Some people will love your optimistic approach to living. You'll bring value to their day by making them feel a little bit better.
And what about those who are put off by your friendly attitude? Well, what can you say?
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Why shouldn't you live your life the way it was meant to be lived, in a happy, harmonious manner? After all, you get to do the choosing so why not choose to be as happy as you can be? And while you're at it, why not touch as many other people in a positive fashion as well? Smile, grin and bring good cheer every chance you get, with everyone you chance upon.
There are few things as inexpensive yet valuable as a heartfelt smile, a reassuring pat on the back or a cheery word of encouragement when they are needed the most. By becoming a purveyor of good will, you can champion one of the greatest causes known to mankind: bringing joy to people all around you each and every day, strangers and acquaintances alike.
Now that's something worth smiling about.
The Bottom Line: You can make the world a better place one smile, one greeting, and one person at a time.
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