The Power of a Smile

wes Fish
“Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person,
a beautiful thing.”
Mother Teresa

Several years ago I worked at a Junior High school. Every day I saw the same teacher. I smiled and said hello. She wouldn’t say anything. After about a month of this I thought, “She is now my project.”
When I saw her I would say “Hi”, and if she didn’t respond I would go out of my way to say,“Hi”, sometimes two or three times that day. Finally she warmed up to me and we would talk to each other. I had made this challenge to see what the power of my smile could do to lift up another person.
When you are happy a smile is the exclamation point. When you are sad and smiling, chances are your mood will change; this really works. Whenever I see someone with a big frown this is a reminder for me to smile. When you smile you are understood in every language.
If you don’t know what to say, smile. A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None are so rich or mighty that he can get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. If someone is too tired to give you a smile, give them one of yours.
Dale Carnegie believed in the power of a smile and quoted an ancient Chinese proverb. It goes like this: “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.” Mr. Carnegie goes on to say: “Your smile is a messenger of your good will.” Your smile brightens the lives of all who see it. See what you can do with the power of a smile.
When you smile more you will carry an aura and poise that will draw people to you. People will look forward to being around you, knowing only that they feel great around you, people on the street, at work, your friends etc. We all like and want to be around happy and cheerful people.
Smile at Strangers. You know those times when you cross paths with a stranger or accidentally catch someone’s gaze, and you suddenly look away in awkwardness or pretend you are looking at something else? Well, the challenge is to give them a big smile. A genuine smile, showing teeth and everything.
Deepak Chopra talks about giving each person you encounter a small gift. I do this with a smile. Why not? It doesn’t cost us anything; plus, it’s a lot more fun than feeling awkward and pretending you’re not there.
I also love to see people’s reactions when you smile at them and they aren’t expecting it. Some blush, and others are surprised and smile back, which makes me feel good inside. I like this poem it goes like this. Smiling is infectious,You can catch it like the flu. Someone smiled at me today, And I started smiling too. Change the world one smile at a time.

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