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Day 140: How Do you Feel When You Smile at Everyone You Pass?

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jacqueline and her son Nic all Smiles

Today is Day 2 of Random Acts of Kindness Week. I am so excited to wake up each morning and see what the” Kind Act of the Day” is for the day. It’s like opening a present every morning to see how I can GIVE in my day. Just knowing I will take the time to reach out to other people and brightened their day just makes me feel good.

Today’s act of kindness is all about smiling.  My son and I love to smile as much as we can. I will talked to him about smiling today and to see how many lives we can light up. I have always told him since he was a baby that his smile lights up a room and makes everyone feel good. Today we plan to make as many people feel good as we possibly can.

Day 140: Give 140

Walking around with a smile on my face is not a difficult task for me. My 3 year old checks in with me 10 times a day as his favourite question at the moment is “Are you happy Mommy?” I’m not sure where this came from but every time he asks me it reminds me I should be happy even if I don’t “feel the love” at that exact moment. It brings a smile to my face and reminds me that our children are smarter than we are most days.

Today as we went about our daily tasks, shopping, errands and gym class – we took the time to smile at as many strangers as we could. Although the goal was 10 we lost count after 25. Not only did it make the people we smiled at smile back, but we felt good giving the smile. Every time you smile at someone they automatically smile back and we all feel good.

I remember once going through a sales training program on how to talk on the phone. The first thing the trainer said to us – before you say a word smile through the phone. It actually worked. It made me more confident, it made me feel good and ultimately made the person on the other line, even without seeing me, feel that energy. Just imagine the impact when it’s face to face. A big smile can make even the saddest person happy for a moment.

Thank you Random Acts of Kindness for making us realize the impact of something as simple as a smile. Image if our world leaders smiled just a little more at one another!! Hmmm – might have to twitter them the Random Act of Kindness for the day!

Time Commitment: 0

Cost: 0 (but a good face exercise!)

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