“Peace begins with a smile,” Mother Teresa said. Think of how a smile changes your attitude and your mood. Researchers have found that smiling reduces stress, releases endorphins, and lowers our blood pressure. It's hard to feel angry or depressed when we're smiling. Smiling can trick us into feeling happy even when we're not.
Mother Teresa said, "Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." Imagine a day when you smiled at yourself in the mirror in the morning. Imagine that you smiled at everyone you met--the clerk, your co-workers, your family members. Imagine smiling at yourself before you went to bed each night.
Why not try it today. Just for today greet everyone you see with a smile--and a kind word, if possible. Notice the love you can share with such a simple act. Feel the peace it brings. "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love," said Mother Teresa.
© Carol Brown