Smile. You count in this world. You make a difference. Chances are if you do, someone will smile back at you.
Smiles are powerful. They are one ability we hold within us to make a positive impact on ourselves and on others which costs us only small amounts of time and energy. This was beautifully stated by Leo Buscaglia:
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
World Smile Day is October 5, 2012. A smile can be shared any day, it is a special day to share smile songs and a little about the benefits of smiling. Last year I shared a few songs for different ages. This year’s share is to spur conversations about smiles for those in senior living communities.
- “There are Smiles” – What types of smiles or reasons for smiles are described in this song? Have you experiences these types of smiles?
- “Let a Smile be your Umbrella” – What are “rainy days” in your life? Is it appropriate to smile when you experience them? Why, when, or why not?
- “Blue Skies” – What are the “blue sky” moments you have experienced in your life? Do the memories of these moments still make you smile?
- “Mona Lisa” – Which of the reasons listed in the song do you think are the reason for Mona Lisa’s smile? Why?
- “Till We Meet Again” – Do you smile when saying goodbye to someone? What are the advantages and disadvantages to smiling in that moment? How does this quote by Dr. Seuss relate to the lyrics: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ?
Take a moment and smile!
Smile at yourself, at a friend, at a loved one, at a stranger. I leave you with this thought:
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa