It is said that laughter is good for the soul. I believe that. I think there are wonderful things that happen to us when we laugh. I think good things happen to us when we smile, too. When we find something that makes us smile, it makes us feel better, if only for a moment or two. That can lift our spirits and give us a new perspective on the situation we are facing.
I realized this many years ago when I was going through a very difficult time. I happened to glance out the side window as I was driving to work and saw a rabbit sitting by the side of the road. He was just sitting. He appeared to be watching the traffic go past. It made me smile. That was a turning point for me. I knew, in that instant, that I would survive the tough time I was facing.
There are many little things that we can do to make us smile every day. Pictures of those we love on our desk can make us smile. I have a special ringtone on my phone for my husband. Every time it rings it makes me smile. I really enjoy nature, so for me seeing something as silly as a squirrel sitting on the deck can make me smile. (My grandchildren have named him “Fat Freddy.”) Pets can make us smile and often make us laugh out loud. A list of our accomplishments can make us smile.
What makes you smile? What can you do to set the stage for frequent smiles throughout the day?