Doesn’t a smile directed towards you make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve not always been the one to look to for a smile. I recall a time, I was young and knew everything, when I was too cool to smile. I was hip-hop. We didn’t smile. Besides, when I’m not smiling, my “normal look” looks kind of mean (I’ve been told). Needless to say, I grew out of that period and make a conscious effort to smile.
How about the person that is always frowning? I know a book can not always be judged by its cover, but we have to make a conscious effort to not “catch” the frown. Sometimes it’s contagious or downright unwelcoming. Think about young, impressionable people such as kids. A frown can make us look so uninviting that a student (or even another adult) is too afraid to ask a question or even approach us. I hate to admit, but I’ve had second thoughts about approaching someone because of a perceived scowl.
I’ve been through rough stretches in my life when strangers have brightened my day merely by smiling and speaking to me. They may not have realized the impact their nonverbal expression had on me…perhaps it was intentional. Either way, my heart was given a much needed hug. We can have the same impact on others. Smile and lift the spirit of others. I believe smiling in the midst of adversity lifts us as well.
Emoticons are so popular because of the emotions they emit. Send smiles and hearts and you usually get smiles and hearts back. Send a pile of crap, well that usually gets laughs, but you know what I mean. Smile!