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Make Someone Smile Today

Updated on March 21, 2012

In every country, in any language, smile represents the exact same thing. White teeth, yellow teeth, missing teeth, it’s always uplifting.


Three good reasons to upturn the corners of your mouth:

Smiling makes your face look prettier.

Everything goes better with a smile.

It takes 41 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile.



There are way too many people who don’t smile very often. That man who just bumped into you and expected YOU to say sorry, the teenage kid who doesn’t feel understood, or your neighbour whose problems never end. We all know them. People who aren’t very happy.

By performing simple actions, we have the power to change it. Even if it’s for a little while, the feeling is worth it.


Tips how to make someone smile in your every day routine:

Your loved ones

As often as you can tell them: “I love you.’’ In this big world it is so important to feel loved and know that we aren’t alone.

Cuddle.

Do you know a good joke? Share it.

Sing. Dance. Act crazy.

Text message: “Have a good one trouble! :)’’ – this one always does it for me.

With all our technology, we completely forgot about letters. When I was a child, I had lots of penfriends, who I met in a camp and they didn’t live nearby. There is this excitement about wondering whose writing it is before opening the envelope.

If you have an anxious friend, why not send him anti-stress ball through post?



Workplace

If you are making coffee for yourself, there is nothing easier than making one or two more. Depending how good your relationships are, in my opinion even if you just work together and have nothing else in common, it is always nice to be asked, especially when you don’t expect it.

On the way to work, get some chocolate muffins and offer them to your peers. Remember - Sharing is caring. Plus extra sugar means extra energy and that is always handy while working!



Commuting

Say hello to the the bus driver. It's not an easy job working on your own, sitting all the time, and then you see these grumpy faces wanting to get somewhere, and they completely forgot that the bus is not driven on its own. You can even try: ”How are you today?’’ and this simple question can make the driver’s day.

If you have some mints, you can offer them to your fellow passengers. Once there was a guy on the tube who offered everyone a chewing gum. What a nice surprise in a place full of people who got up on wrong side of bed. I took one and other people joined me. Then we had a pleasant chat till I had to get off. Since then, I did it couple of times, and it works. These frowns change into smiles!

Get up off your seat and offer it to older person or pregnant woman – I know, it’s a cliché, but lots of people I saw pretend they are reading an interesting book while there is this little old shaking guy who really could do with a chair. A couple of months ago I was commuting on the train which was completely full but I was sitting. There was a little old lady getting on. I stood up as I wanted to offer her my seat, but the minute I stand up, this 40 year old guy who looked like a “serious banker’’ sat down! I told him to stand up and explained the situation to him, but he pretended that I didn’t exist. Unbelievable. However someone else let this cute lady sit so I gave up on him.


On the street

How often have you passed that homeless guy with a dog? Sometimes you give him your change or a sandwich, but do you actually know where he’s coming from? Ask him and you will probably hear an interesting life story. It might be a talented musician who gave up on life after his band didn’t succeed or maybe a lawyer who has been cheated on several years ago and he still hasn’t overcome his depression. He lost everything, and now he’s fighting to get back on his feet but he needs to feel supported. In fact, you might end up being friends.

Old woman with a heavy looking bag? Offer your help. Most probably her answer will be no, but she will definitely thank you with a shiny smile. I bet she will talk about you at her next official gossip dinner with friends; “The times have changed since we were young, but there are still good people out there.’’


And the most important

Smile at people. You can do this everywhere with a minimum effort. There are people who will think you are crazy, and just ignore you, while most of them will smile back. It might brighten their whole day. And yours too.

May today be full of smiles! :)


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    • Tina Hope profile imageAUTHOR

      Tina Hope 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you for your nice comment Mizjo. I agree with you on children making other people relax and smile more. I hope your daughter keeps on singing such an inspiring songs and creates happiness wherever she goes.:)

    • mizjo profile image

      mizjo 

      6 years ago from New York City, NY

      Lovely hub, Tina.

      I find that in a small town, people do look at one another and exchange smiles and a greeting. It seems harder to do the same in a large city. So one must try harder. You might actually get your smile and your greeting returned!

      Sometimes a child can break the ice where a group of people had been silent and ignoring one another before. My daughter, when she was two years old, started singing loudly 'You are my sunshine' in a bus, and everybody started smiling and chatting with one another. That felt so good.

    • Tina Hope profile imageAUTHOR

      Tina Hope 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks a lot for your comment, I appreciate it. Sometimes I feel that people forgot how to smile.. but we need to surround ourselves with the ones who didn't and smile and laugh as often as possible. Have a beautiful day! :)

    • penlady profile image

      penlady 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This information is much needed in the world we live in today. Too many people walk around frowning and looking mad. Hopefully they will read this hub and learn a beautiful lesson.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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