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326: To Smile is to Give

To smile is to give and you should try it out. It is amazing what happens when you smile to others. Today’s give was written by a dear friend by the name of Sareh. She posted this on her own personal blog 2 weeks ago and I wanted to share it.  It made me smile and I hope it will make you smile too. Giving does have to be out of pocket it can just come from your heart.

Day 326: Give 326  Guest Give by Sareh  Social Consciousness and other Things I Think About

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

Back in September 2010, I promised to follow my friend, Jacqueline Way founder of 365give and commit to 365 days of ‘giving’ to society, to make the world a better place.

The Promise

I knew this promise would be hard to keep with an upcoming surgery I was to have, but I thought that I could rise to the occasion, not realising how much rest our bodies require after surgery.  I was very very aware of my promise and of Jacqueline’s task to give, daily.  So, I gave the best way I knew how, by smiling and being deeply grateful of everyone that crossed my path during this time of recovery.

If All You Can Give is a Smile than Smile Every Day

I used to think that smiling and being friendly was not “a give” as I come from a family of smilers, we smile at everyone for every reason.  I have witnessed my grandma, on numerous occasions, with a warm, welcoming, and endearing smile on her face, ask a sales clerk the cost of an item of clothing they are selling.  It is in our blood and in our family culture. We smile.  So, I never thought anything of it.  In high school I was voted best smile, not because my smile is pretty, but because I smile so much.  In university, a friend of mine had to give me a book, and was supposed to meet me in front one of my classes.  I was late, and she had to get to her own class, so she approached a fellow classmate of mine, and said, my friend Sarah is in this class, do you know her? She said “no”.  Then my friend described me as “the girl with shoulder length black hair who smiles all the time”, and this complete stranger responded, proudly, “oh yeah, I know her”.

Smiling Does Count!

As I have grown-up and seen more of the world, and less of my family, I have seen that smiling is not something that everyone does on a regular basis.  And then a few weeks ago, I came across the following quote:

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. — Mother Teresa

Thus, it is official.  By Mother Teresa standards (the golden oracle of giving) I did give-back, daily.  It was all I could do, to smile at everyone.

They say smiling has a rippling effect, so smile big, as the bigger the ripple the bigger the wave.


Time Commitment: A Life Time of Smiles
Cost: 0

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)