Thursday, June 14, 2012

Smile—you'll feel better

Several things were getting me down the other day. By the time I entered the post office to mail a package and buy stamps, I wasn't my usual positive self at all.

The woman who assisted me with my package greeted me with a large, friendly smile and a "Good afternoon!" It may sound silly—but that made all the difference for me. I just felt my spirits rise as a smile covered my face as well. We had a good conversation while I looked over a variety of Forever stamps to see which ones I liked best. I left the post office feeling much better than when I entered it.

Isn't it interesting to notice how we feel when someone smiles at us? And when we smile back? When we receive a friendly greeting?

It really doesn't take much. And it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown. So why not try that the next time you're out? Or even when your family or partner comes in the door tonight?

We need to do whatever we can to help ourselves stay positive. I don't mean we ignore our problems and pain. We can't be positive all the time. But there surely are times when it's a good choice to make. It'll make a difference to you. And who knows who else you meet might need a smile from you to brighten their day?

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