A smile goes a long way to making our lives better. Something I’ve learned is that if I start smiling – without any particular reason, I automatically feel better. As I type these words, I’m smiling and feeling the difference that it makes!
When I was younger, I was angry a lot of the time. My mind was often feeling insecure  and threatened, and the way I coped with my feelings  was to be angry a lot of the time. The anger  kept people from getting to close to me and that made me feel safer. Because I often looked like someone who was angry, from time to time, older men would tell me to smile. I hated that! I hated being told what to do. I hated the very idea that old men would command me to smile for them.
Now, I’m grateful that those old men told me to smile – they were Spirit helping me to realize that I was missing the opportunity to smile. Even though I hated (that’s really how I felt) being told to smile, it helped me to realize that I needed to lighten up, and for that, I’m grateful.
Of course, there’s a difference between an authentic smile that comes from the heart  and there’s the kind of smile that’s actually a cover up. Fake smiles are different than smiles for no reason.
There are times when I’ve been able to offer a smile to people who were going through a rough time and it really supported them. Don’t be stingy with your smiles! Practice being generous with your smiles! Your relationships will surely be improved if you smile more! It costs you nothing. 🙂
I encourage you to experiment with your smiles! I’m not kidding. Practice smiling when you don’t really feel like it. Notice when you’re wearing a fake smile, and when you can actually authentically smile and lift your mood. See what you can discover about improving your life and the life of those around you.
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