Have you ever noticed that people who you might not have talked to the other 11 months of the year stop by and wish you another Merry Christmas during the holiday season? Or even people you don’t know wishing you the same. Isn’t that a neat feeling?
Mental health workers often comment about what a smile or a “How are you?” can do for someone having a tough time. And, if the person responds that they are doing well, but you know they aren’t, ask if they are sure. If not, ask if you can help.
Dr. John H. Sklare said he finds it rather interesting that the letter “i” stands firmly in the middle of the word "smile."
“Perhaps it’s just a coincidence or maybe it’s because of the individual power you have to create joy and happiness in your life," Sklare said. "Research shows that if I smile at you, you’ll most likely smile back at me. It can truly be infectious and really does give a person a sense of power.”
Pick a few random people to smile at today and see if you get a smile back in return.
What a really “Happy New Year” 2013 would be if the entire country was awash with a tsunami of smiling. Wouldn’t that be a great direction for the world to take and a wonderful movement to be a part of?
The late President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
We have all heard that it is far more blessed to give than to receive. Some of us might not have the means to give dollars or gifts to needy folks, but we can all give them a smile.
And let’s keep smiling the entire year, even when it’s not easy.
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