Not only does it make the best kind of photo; it also fills the mind with positive energy, pours into the heart an abundance of joy and, perhaps most importantly, is the most contagious thing going around. No hints needed, of course, it’s a smile!
For something so small, it creates a world of happiness, and not just for you! In a world inundated with news of war, hatred, attrition and Donald Trump, a smile is a ‘spoon full of sugar that helps…’ anything, anywhere, anytime ‘….go down’.
The thing I love most about smiles is that we have them stored for miles; they just keep coming, like that ever flowing coloured ribbon from a magician’s sleeve, magic. They are just that, pure magic. I use to think farts were the best way to crack a smile, for they’re the greatest and longest running joke of all time. Everyone has a memory or two about yourself, Dad or even a complete stranger and their fluent, yet foul flatulence. The thought right now is no doubt provoking hilarious memoirs where you literally had to swim through the abominable green gas cloud in public, thanks to one of these ripsnorters. Despite its emission of ugly content and despicable odour, it creates just one more thing; a smile. Even when you are close to vomiting, somehow your body commits to a smile.
There’s no reason not to smile, even when you’re down. They have so many hidden meanings. The smile that says, ‘it just wasn’t meant to be’ or that smile that tells the person you’re talking to that, ‘yes’ you are talking to them. It’s usually accompanied by a furrow in the brows and a slanting nod of the head. Even the smile when everything goes wrong, that one is usually forgiven if you have to sigh with its execution. The greeting smile is usually put on but feels fuzzy all the same, and that smile when you hear a familiar voice, amazing. The smile dictionary is yet to be released but I cannot wait to get my mitts on it when it is. My favourite smile though is that smile when you hear some great news, receive a compliment or when you are getting a photo and it springs out almost immediately after that cheesy grin which makes everyone giggle- this one I am caught doing all the time. If all else fails, just smile, scientists say it helps our wellbeing and we use fewer muscles in our face in the process. But who’s counting?
If you are lazy, a smile is still an easy way out. Out of having a daunting conversation with that workplace weirdo, your boss on a bad hair day and even better, your enemy on… any day. It’s actually quite impeccable the power a smile can hold. Imagine how many words you would have to say and time you’d have to waste in that state of awkwardness with the aforementioned if you didn’t have a simple but effective smile in your repertoire! A smile lets you have that awkward silence, without the awkward; it’s spellbinding. As ol’ mate, William Arthur Ward states… you know the guy? Well, anyway, he stated so wisely, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness”, and his not wrong. Put a smile on your dial.
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