Jul 16, 2008

S. M. I. L. E.

This isn't a dental advertisement... No, this has to do with the vast amount of dull facial expressions that I observe through the coarse of a day. I understand that when we're alone with our thoughts—even in a crowd—our minds are peregrine by nature. I certainly don’t expect jubilation or cartwheels, but I often see no hint of a happy life.

Put a smile on your face.
It wouldn’t look good anywhere else.

Recently, I was particularly cheerful and I did not realize how much I was smiling. My smile became a distraction. As I met the gazes of the people around me, their demeanor shifted from meaningless to memorable. We easily exchanged smiles and warm greetings.

As an experiment, I began to purposely smile more. To avoid any form of pretense, I took the Philippians 4:8 approach. I love The Message Bible’s version

"Philippians 4:8,9 (The Message) — Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

Not only did this meditation immediately elevate my own spirits but it continued to be contagious throughout the day.

So "your mission should you choose to accept it" is to cultivate smiles! Choose a day this week to place a pre-meditated smile on your face. Wear it wherever you go and watch what happens. I’m anxious to hear your reports.



  1. Oh I so agree with you!! A smile can turn someone's bad day into a great one....Smiles to you my friend......Mary

  2. I'm smiling down here in NC. Can you see me?

    See I knew you could see me. I like this smiling campaign.

  3. A wonderful thought to remember. We can influence the world for good with something as simple as our own good nature:>)

  4. What a fun post! It is important to smile, and I always try to do so; although, one day someone asked me WHY I smile so much! P.S. We are in PA, the post about the DE tearoom was one that we had visited recently. We're very close to Gettysburg.


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