Smile – World Smile Day or Any Day

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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

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8 Comments

  1. There are so many great songs about smiling for seniors! I think another fun one could be “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” Yes, it’s a little early, but it could be really funny talking about how our smiles change with age but are still so beautiful!
    Rachelle Norman recently posted..When a Music Therapist Can’t SingMy Profile

    • Great idea, Rachelle. I enjoy singing songs when they are “less” expected. It sometimes brings some interesting comments.

  2. JoAnn,

    I love this! Such an important reminder. And when we smile, people often smile back, which can increase our sense of being seen in the world.

    Warmly,
    Ann
    Ann Becker-Schutte recently posted..Why Your Voice Matters: A Reflection on the Partnership WITH Patients SummitMy Profile

    • Being acknowledged can mean the world to people in some situations. I hope your weekend is filled with smiles, Ann.

  3. National Smile Day! I LIKE that! Ty for this heart-warming post!
    Kathy Morelli, LPC (@KathyAMorelli) recently posted..How Much Stress is Too Much Stress in Pregnancy?My Profile

  4. I had no idea there was a World Smile Day…that’s the birthday of our rescue Husky :).

    It’s so vital to teach the little one that they matter in this world. Especially for kids who grow up in impoverished communities. Lately, when I encounter someone walking down the street, I make a point to smile and say hello. We should never underestimate the power of that silent gesture.

    Thanks JoAnn :).

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