I woke up today in a great mood and was feeling exceptionally blessed. I had a very restful weekend. Besides spending time with my niece and taking her on a play-date, it was quite uneventful.
So as mentioned, I woke up this morning with a rather sunny disposition. Singing along while getting dressed, I felt extremely appreciative and grateful. I appreciate my nice home, the abundance of choices I have. I felt well put together and glad that I had a good job to go to. Above all I have less than a week until my baby comes home – yeah!
The walk along the canal to the station is always a pleasant one. It was a nice day at 33degress Celsius (91.4 F) and there was a finite breeze that caught me at regular intervals. Seemingly, while walking, I must have been smiling. I began noticing that when I caught the eye of passers by, they smiled at me. It was at this point that I wondered if I smiled at everyone I saw, what would happen?
It is absolutely amazing how contagious a smile is. I scanned the person approaching before hand as some people you just cannot randomly smile at. However subsequently, I purposefully smiled at the vast majority of people that passed me and they all smiled back!
A couple of people did a double take. Clearly they didn’t expect a smile from a stranger. Nonetheless they did smile back. Some even bared their teeth. As silly as it may sound, I felt like I made their day. It made my day anyway (well morning at least). Happy people make for a happy atmosphere and you feel good in a happy atmosphere.
I do not advocate smiling at people that quite frankly look untoward. Also it depends where you are. I recollect returning to the UK some years back and smiling at a lady. This woman gave me the most disgusted look that she could muster and abruptly turned her head away. I was stunned and thought - whatever happened to common courtesy?
Regardless, I think it is worth a try. I am sure it is not just me and it will work for anyone. I think I will try it every Monday as this is the hardest day of the week for me. I will use it as a quick feel good fix to fight the ‘Monday Morning Blues’. I am still having a great day thus far. Even if things do get annoying, I intend to wash them away with a smile.
Go on, give it a go!