My little boy is nicknamed Happy. Meet him and it is easy to see why. He has a smile that cracks his whole face open, that says welcome to my world, we are going to have a really good time together. And it is always true.
People delight in him. More people in town know him than I know. We go to the Farmer’s Market and they call out to him. And he moves through his greeters, all high-fives and hugs and happiness.
The other day, while on the phone with my mother who was telling him just how loved he was, Happy interrupted with this, “everybody loves me.” My mom paused for a moment, perhaps realizing how unnecessary her pep talk was, and then said, “you are right, baby. Everybody loves you because you love everybody and you make everyone feel so special.”
He does that with his smile. He gives people his smile and people radiate back to him. That reflection of brightness then just fills his well, giving him joy and giving him confidence.
I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t witness it every day as he moves through the world. Offer a little bit of joy, a little bit of sunshine, and you better put on your sunglasses to prepare for what you are going to get back. And when people notice and positively respond to you, you can’t help but get a confidence boost.
Today, we are taking it a step past eye contact. Smile at everyone you come across- the person stopped at the light beside you, the bank teller making your deposit, the post office employee selling you stamps, your co-worker, your kids, your partner, your neighbor. Just give away as much lightness as you have and see how just the act of doing it replenishes your well and fills you with a sense of well-being.
1. How did it go today? Who did you smile at?
2. How did it feel to smile so freely? How did people respond? How did you respond?
3. What did you learn?
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