“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
– Mother Teresa.
After reading this quote, it got me really thinking about the power that a simple smile can have on an individual. I was so intrigued by it, that for the next few months I decided to do a little experiment and greet everyone I meet with a smile. Even people I know – Friends, Family, Co-Workers and so on.
I was amazed with the results I got from people. Now I’m not 100% sure how much my smile impacted the people I would greet, but I do know that I always got a smile back and a very friendly, organic conversation usually followed.
Something as simple as a smile let’s people know that they are loved, respected and most importantly, lets someone know they truly do have a purpose here on Earth. No matter what type of mood a person is in, once they receive a genuine smile from another, it instantly penetrates a person’s soul and makes them feel all warm and happy inside.
Just like drinking warm apple cider on a crisp autumn day, a nice cup of mint tea with honey on a clear spring evening or even enjoying a pint on a patio with some friends on a clear summer’s day.
A smile is just as powerful, if not more powerful, than someone yawning in a room full of people – its positively infectious in all the right ways. A perfect example of how potent and powerful a smile could be was seen in a beautiful story I came across on a Canadian news website, called, “Australian “Angel” Saves Lives at Suicide Spot“.
This story was so inspirational to me – I felt honored and so happy just envisioning it unfold – that I decided to do this experiment. Not only do smiles demonstrate peace and love, but it also creates this same peace and love within one’s self, leading to a happier, healthier you. While doing this wonderful experiment, I’ve also noticed that my overall levels of happiness and health, have increased enormously, which I would say is another incredible result.
Every time I head into work, one of the first things I do is head straight for my supervisors office, knock on the door, walk in and greet her with a huge smile from ear to ear. The response I always get in return is an even bigger and happier smile that penetrates through my body and straight to my heart and soul, filling me up with even more joy.
In return, this causes me to radiate love, happiness and peace from within, then transmit it outwards to others. This creates a positive energy so strong, that when people come into my energetic field, I’ve noticed the instant increase in their energy levels and witness how they return the love, creating such lovely, organic and positive conversations.
I have many more examples to share but I’ll spare you all, so that you can have some fun and try this for yourselves.
I would like YOU, to try this experiment. For the next month or so, everywhere you go, greet everyone with a genuine smile and see the reactions you get back in return. Also pay close attention to how you feel after greeting them with a smile. Watch how all these seemingly random, yet positive things, start to gravitate your way, without you even noticing until after the fact.
Most importantly, just have FUN with this!!! =)
A smile is like a work of art. Embrace it, admire it, feel it and enjoy it. Let it take over your mind, body and spirit. Watch how your overall life improves, while improving those of others, in the process.
– Damien Williams