I love to see people smile!
Recently I was soaking down a soda at a fast-food place. In another booth across the room there was a man – obviously suffering from waistline creep (he was waaaay overweight) – chowing down on not one, not two, but three large burgers and 2 orders of fries. He was finishing his lunch-time binge when an attractive woman rounded the corner, saw him, smiled and said, “Hello, handsome!”
His face beamed. It was as if his whole personna changed instantly. You should have seen the big smile that lit up his face as they walked out together.
A while later I was sitting alone when a worker rolled a bucket and a mop to the area and began mopping the floor. When she got to my area, I saw her nametag and said, “How’s your day, Maria?” I hardly noticed a missing tooth as she replied with, “Really good!” as her face turned from that of someone deeply engrossed in her work to a really BIG smile. “You do really great work,” I added and got another smile as she smiled again. (I’m thinking: “WoW! Bet it’s been awhile since anyone acknowleged her presence, much less her work.”)
I attended a business networking meeting recently and when it was my time to tell those present my “30 second” connection, I began by saying, “Hi, everyone. My name is Larry James, the guy with two first names!” More smiles, laughter and a few people applauded. Mission accomplished.
Happiness is only and always a choice. Usually people smile when something or someone catches them by surprise or says something that pleases them.
So. . . now it’s your turn.
Trip someone’s “smile” trigger unexpectedly by saying or doing something to get a smile.
Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere.
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