When was the last time you smiled- I'm not talking about one of those "sympathetic" smiles, I mean a huge, exciting, genuine smile? Who were you with, what were you doing, why did it make you so happy?
Smiling makes me so happy. The thought that one simple expression can make someone's day, can make us feel so much better, can connect us to the world around us, is both exciting and comforting. Just by smiling at someone you don't know- you could be making their day.
Remember the last time you felt absolutely awful? I have a solution for the next time that you feel like the world is crashing down... simply force yourself to smile for 15 seconds. Taking time to physically smile will truly lift your mood and make you focus on the good things in life... the things that are going well.
Smiles are beautiful. The smile of a child lights up a room. The smile of a groom as he watches his bride walk down the aisle melts our hearts. The smile of a grandparent as they hold their first grandchild in their arms. The smile of parents as they wave goodbye to their first college-bound child. (Okay, so maybe there were some tears with the last one as well, but ultimately a smile came through). Smiles can express joy, comfort, happiness, gratitude, generosity, company, anything you want it to.
So I encourage you to smile today. Make a mental note of how many times you smile, how many times you take a break to acknowledge all that God had given you that makes you smile. Smile in the face of fear, smile in the face of laughter, smile in the face of stress, smile in the face of friendship... just smile.
"A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed."