I believe in the magical benefits of a smile. Each day, I see smiles change the lives of others. I like to use my smile to make someone’s situation better.
I smile at strangers on the train to work. On the early morning ride, I know people’s minds are on life’s difficulties. I believe my smile and kind greeting helps them to forget about all the things that are going unfavorably.
When someone smiles at me, I am sure to return the smile. I know that sometimes it means they are reaching out for comfort.
During tough negotiations with my children, I sometimes get angry. But I avoid allowing that anger to show on the outside. I keep a pleasant expression because I know it helps them to remain calm.
When someone is upset with me, I listen to their concerns. Despite conflict, I maintain a peaceful spirit that transfers to my facial expression.
I avoid smiling inappropriately when someone is upset. I want to prevent my facial expression from upsetting them further. But, I allow them to see that I am listening to what they have to say.
Today, I believe that a smile is worth a thousand words. I like to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I commit to allowing my smile to open the door to positive relationships.
1. Why is it difficult to smile when someone offends me?
2. How does my smile help me connect with others?
3. What can I do to teach my kids the importance of smiling at others?