Who gave you your first smile today?
It was slow day. Nothing much going on. Watched the Arizona Diamondbacks win a game. Pretty much stayed in all day. However, I never let a day go by without some kind of human interaction. It was almost dark and I was hungry. A restaurant just around the corner was having a special on their 3-course meal.
The hostess who seated me was friendly and helpful. If she smiled at me, I apparently didn’t notice. Richard, the server, took my order and was helpful as well.
I was sitting there enjoying my meal when an attractive woman (I did notice that) took her little boy by the hand and said, “Come on, son. Let’s go potty.” I smiled inwardly as they passed by.
Several minutes later they were returning from their potty break and the mother and I made eye contact. She smiled. A beautiful smile. I gave her one too.
And then I began thinking and realized that that smile was the first smile I had seen today. I don’t know about you, but ordinarily I wouldn’t count the smiles because I’m usually busy giving out some of my own. I’m grateful I didn’t take that smile for granted.
I’m sure she had no idea what an impact her smile had upon me at that moment, much less, be the inspiration for an article that would encourage people to smile more often and return the favor when someone smiles at them… maybe even be the catalyst for others to begin noticing more smiles.
I was a radio disc jockey many years ago and every time I would close my show, everyone listening would hear me say, “Keep smilin’ – makes everybody wonder what you’ve been up to!”
So… Who gave you your first smile today?
The more smiles that go around tend to be the breeding ground for more smiles, and on it goes. We should take time to notice things like that. Pay a smile forward to someone – anyone – the next time you are out and about. When eye contact is made, you usually get another one back really quick. If it doesn’t happen right then, they probably needed to see someone smile.
If, by chance, you don’t have the opportunity for human interaction today, simply walk up to your bathroom mirror and give yourself a smile. Bet you get that one back for sure. 😉
Copyright © 2015 – 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 an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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