Feb. 6, 2018 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

There’s one thing you can’t give away. You can’t give away a smile. It always comes back to you.
 — Violet Hensley

We have had years of experience with the results of smiling. How many times have we felt better simply because we smiled, even at a stranger? Smiling is somewhat like yawning. When we see someone do it, it initiates one in us, too. But how often are we the initiators of a smile when we catch the attention of someone? Seldom. And what a shame.

As kids we probably heard that it took more muscles to frown than to smile. We usually were told that in the midst of pouting and the message agitated us. Whether or not it’s a truth based on research doesn’t really matter. Smiling simply feels good. It inspires the same good feelings in others, too.

Life could be simpler than we choose to make it. We really don’t have to assess every situation before determining what expression we’ll wear. We need not search for a hidden meaning in every action or expression of the others we’re with. We can awake each day, decide that we’ll respond to our experiences and the people in them with respect and friendliness, and put on a smile, just like we put on lipstick or a cap when it’s chilly out. Some of life’s decisions are simple. Let’s relish them.

My first smile will be at me in the mirror today. If I savor it, it will set a good tone for the rest of the day.

You are reading from the book:

Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey

Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey

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