Smiles, the free and yet priceless commodity that never runs out, almost always pays terrific returns.
A smile can have huge impact. I was reminded of this when reading through the notes a few of the children who were visiting from Korea left for me.
Now, it was written with some ‘creative’ grammar and such but basically the comment went something like “I am glad you were my teacher because you smiled at me a lot and that made missing my family better”.
I remember very well the scared looks the students had. They tried hard to show bravado when friends were around but I read their journals. When they were alone they hurt, they were scared and they were lonely. Many cried at night but didn’t really want anyone to know.
We could barely communicate through words some of the time. They learned a great deal of English during our time together. I learned the power of a smile.
A smile can heal; it can make someone’s really bad day better; it can boost courage. It costs nothing. I had no idea the impact my smiling was making on this young child.
I wonder how many times we’ve randomly smiled at someone and changed a moment, a day or who knows? Maybe even a life.
I know there have been very difficult times in my life that would have welcomed a smile; many times that I did and it made such a difference. Interestingly enough smiling also has benefits for the person doing the smiling too. It boosts your own mood and your self-confidence. Go on..try to stay grumpy with a smile (yes, even a fake one) on your face. Your brain just can’t do it!
Can you think of a time when a simple smile changed something for you?
I challenge you today to give away some of your smiles. Give them to perfect strangers, give them to your children; but give as many away as you can. Wonder at the resulting impact that you may never know. Those ripples may move mountains someday or simply move a heart.