Last year I realized I hadn’t been smiling much until I started doing it again. I mean BIG, eye-crinkling smiles that make you feel happy when you smile them.
I realized this when I was welcoming students into our school during my twice a week morning door duty. My principal tends to be outside welcoming the kids and hugging them as they come in. I hold the second door open and say, “Good morning!”
I started noticing a difference in how the kids were responding: They were really smiling at my principal, but not so as much at me. Then I realized: I can smile more! It worked. Now I remember to smile bigger and have a more enthusiastic response to the kids, and we all feel more welcomed at the start of our school day. Sometimes I even get some hugs.
Today I was reading about how children copy what they see others do around them. I can confirm that fact through seeing how smiles create more smiles. Smile at someone today and see what happens.
(The photo included with this post is me, Mary, when I was little with our pet lamb, Lamby!)