Wednesday, October 14, 2009

if it makes you happy

every now and then i make a conscious decision to smile a lot during the day. it's amazing the responses you get from people you know and even those you don't. it's less about the smile and more about making others happy. i live in a city where people are often rushing or busy or late or tired or in a bad mood. i do also live in a city filled with funny, smart, and creative people who sometimes let life get the best of them.

i've always loved smiling at babies and children because their responses are unencumbered with concern for what others think. i've come to enjoy smiling at people who look the grumpiest and find it personally rewarding getting a smile in return. it can be one of the simple moments in a busy day. if you can slow down enough to see how making someone else happy can change your mood, you have found the easy and unmedicated way of making yourself happy.

wwcd: breathe a little...take a minute to smile....think about someone else....realize how lucky you are in the world. doing something for someone will put a smile on your face.

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