“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa
Ok, we may not all love the people we smile at; we may not even know them BUT, especially in the current situation, a smile can feel like a massive hug!
I was out on one of my walks the other day and passed another couple, they both smiled at me and I started to feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside. It also started me thinking - I always smile at people that I pass, so maybe they’re getting the warm and fuzzy feeling as well!
I also got to thinking about people that I pass that don’t return my smile, it seems such a small thing to do, so why don’t they? Well, how do I know what is going on in their life? They may have had some bad news or are out walking to try and figure out some obstacle in their work or home life. But just because they haven’t responded it doesn’t mean that they haven’t been affected by the smile, having that positive interaction with someone, no matter how fleeting, may help them if they’re on a difficult journey.
Science has proven that positive physical touch can improve your immune system and may contribute towards lower heart rates and blood pressure. So, in the absence of touch, let’s all pass on a smile, it doesn’t cost anything and they’re infectious – your smile could set off a chain reaction and give lots and lots of people that warm fuzzy feeling.
“A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.” – Dalai Lama