“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” ~ Joseph Addison … 

Flowers add such a wonderful blessing to our lives. So much color and beauty, and their scents are so remarkable and unique as well. However, they cannot exist without the energy provided to them by the sun. And in a similar way, smiles, too, provide energy, excitement, and life to their recipients. Therefore, it is very fitting that Joseph chooses such a comparison to highlight the importance of our smiles.

In the weeks following the birth of my first child, I recall one morning in which I awoke from bed, and I glanced over at my daughter lying in her swing. It struck me as special because she was just lying there awake, looking at me intently as if to discover what the movement and noise was all about. I leaned over to her and spoke a few words in my playful voice, and she smiled the biggest smile back at me. It completely made my day. Right then, at that moment, I had the opportunity to experience the unforgettable love and energy gifted from the beautiful smile of such an innocent little person.

Children have the right idea… they love to smile and share their smiles with those around them. And if we can find it in us to be open to sharing a bit of our joys and happiness through a friendly smile, we, too, can provide such an incredibly positive and powerful energy to others around us. The beauty of this is that our sharing of this energy can go full circle–my smiling at another will allow them to smile and radiate their energy right back.

Smiles are healthy, and free. They are one of those gifts that we should be generous in giving to the rest of humanity. Be giving, and genuine, and your smiles will warm the hearts of others.

Try to offer a friendly smile to everyone you see today.

Questions to consider:

Why do some people withhold their smiles from others? What are some of the effects of not sharing smiles?

How are smiles like sunshine? What good do they do?

What are some ways that we might practice sharing our smiles more often with more people?

For further thought:

“Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes-dreary world.” ~ Lawrence G. Lovasik, The Hidden Power of Kindness


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