“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
~~Thích Nhất Hạnh
In all my reading I’ve discovered something….
And in living my life I’ve noticed it too….
Smiles are wonderful.
I can smile at someone, and many times they can’t help but smile back.
Or I can be in a terrible mood and someone walks by with a big smile, or smiles at me, and often that’s all she wrote. I feel a tingle inside and soon I am smiling as well.
While I can’t say which books I read this in, because I read a lot of books, I read over and over again that simply saying you are wonderful when someone asks helps you actually helps you feel better.
When someone asks me how I am doing, 95% of the time I say FAB-ulous!—even if I feel like hammered dog s#it. And I never cease to be amazed at how almost every time I say it, I do feel better.
It surprises other people too. They’re usually only asking because that’s what you’re supposed to do. They want you to say, “Fine, how are you?” without even thinking about it so they can say the same.
But say, “I am doing fantastic!” and watch their face!
There is a lady at work that calls me “Mr. FAB-ulous!” every time she sees me!
The old phrase—fake it until you make it—often works as well.
For some reason, and there is something scientific about it—smiling, even when we don’t want to, helps us feel better. And it helps others feel better. I have smiled happily at a harassed and exhausted register/check out people in stores and grocery markets and they do a double take and often thank me for the smile.
I am so thankful for smiles. They make me feel better.
Thank you Universe for smiles!
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