Only One Smile
“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”
~ Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
I love to smile. I especially like to smile when I don’t have a reason to smile.
It’s fine to have a reason to smile. For example, you might smile at someone, smile because of a pleasant thought, or smile because it’s morning. It’s extremely empowering to smile just because it feels good to smile.
There’s an important additional thought that Maya Angelou says after this sentence which further defines the importance of giving your smile to the people you love: “Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”
Smiling at strangers is a wonderful experience. However, if you think in terms of scarcity of smiles and decide you have only one, give it to those you love.
Many people do just the opposite of what she suggests. They’re grumpy with those they love and pleasant with those they don’t even know. The illogic is astounding.
Logic or illogic aside, smiling can help you to feel good. Even if you start to smile before you feel good, you can feel good more easily.
Not all smiles are created equal. There’s the smile on your face that any seeing person can notice. There’s the smile in your heart that any feeling person can feel. There’s the smile in your feet that propels you forward to step into places that make it easier and more natural to smile.
Smile. Smile for no reason.
By Jeanie Marshall, Personal Development Consultant, Coach, Energy Worker with Marshall House.
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