It Started With A Smile

It Started With A Smile

 

Smiley Face

One of my mother’s favourite sayings is, ‘You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar’. Meaning you’re more likely to get what you want if you’re nice about it; that your attitude is everything.

She must have said it a lot because I’ve always treated people the way I’d like to be treated. I believe everyone has the right to be treated with respect and kindness, even the negative person who just shouted at or insulted you. They may be going through tough times; you don’t know what their life is like.

They might have started the day happy but been influenced by someone else’s negative attitude. All it may take to make their day better is a kind word or a smile from you. Let your positive outlook affect other people; it has a domino effect. They, in turn, may affect someone else’s attitude in a positive way. There are plenty of negative people out there but it’s easy to turn that frown upside down.

You’re going to go about your day anyway so you might as well be happy about it; being miserable benefits no one. You have the ability to lift up other people, help them to be happy and to pass it on to the next person. Resolve to have a good day – an excellent day – it’s all about your attitude and your attitude influences everyone you come into contact with.

How often has your day been brightened just by someone smiling at you? Or by the cheerful employee at the grocery store or post office? Wouldn’t the world be wonderful if everyone were friendly and acknowledged each other as the valuable gift they truly are? Sure, we all have bad days but don’t take it out on other people; they have their own problems to deal with. And don’t ignore people as if they’re not there.

If you were to observe people in crowded cities you would witness them walking amongst each other as if each were alone. Those other people who annoy you and get in your way are of the same species as you. We’re all this together, there’s no escaping that fact. Speak to people, be polite, help them do what they need to do and watch how people react to you.

You’ll find that we really are all the same and we want and need the same things: to feel useful and to interact with our own kind. People flock to see motivational speakers who bring us together, if only temporarily, and make us feel like we belong. We go to parties and gatherings to try and get that same feeling and the benefits that come with it.

I say why not have that feeling every day? Just talk to people, even if you don’t know them. Remember, everyone you know today was once a stranger to you. Smile, perform random acts of kindness, and treat everyone with respect, even if you think they don’t deserve it. Do your best to make everyone’s day just a little better and they will want to do the same for the people they meet.

It can seem like a lot to start with, especially for shy people, but it will soon become habit and when you see the effect it has on others it will brighten your own day and make you so much more positive and productive. It all begins with a smile. That’s all you need to do. If you don’t feel like smiling, do it anyway. The more you smile, the more you feel like smiling. Work your way up from there, at your own pace.

It’s astounding how one person’s happiness can spread to affect everyone around them. It really is contagious. And did you know it’s impossible to dislike someone who has made you laugh? Test that theory for yourself.

 

Keep The Faith

 


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