I am continually amazed at how a genuine smile has the power to brighten my day. The smile can be directed at me or I can just be a witness, and the effect is the same….I feel a lightness, almost like a glow, within my own heart. When I was in my 20’s, people used to say to me all of the time, “You should smile more” or “You look so pretty when you smile” and I was always surprised by this remark, and would usually think (with a little annoyance) “I am smiling.”
Now I make a conscious effort to smile at myself every time I pass a mirror, to smile at my animals, to smile when I’m writing, to smile at people in the grocery store, or at telemarketers that I will never see. I believe that there is magic, and the power to heal and transform, in a genuine smile.
“He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.” William Blake
And below is a little blast from the past from Sly & the Family Stone (Everybody is a Star!)