Doing it with a smile

Japanese wooden theater mask

Well I won’t ask you what your New Year’s resolution is.

To stop smoking? Or lose weight? Been there, done it, a thousand times. 🙂

But I do have a proposition for you.

And I shall follow my own advice:

Smile more.

Well it is not just the smile, your special charm.

It is also the action you take in company with that smile.

You don’t need to be a researcher in a school of public health to know that it takes the same energy to act positively than to react negatively.

Except that negativism produces stress, and stress leads to problems, mental and physical.

Irritated by a rude official going through customs and immigration or passing through security?

Blow it off with a smile. That official must be feeling a lot worse than you do.

On a train or subway flustered  by the little old lady elbowing her way through the crowd to get a seat?

Get up and give her your seat. With a smile. It’s as easy to text message or iPhone standing up as it is sitting down.

And your gesture of kindness pleases another, costing little to nothing.

It could become wholesomely contagious. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Frustrated by a waiter’s endless prattle of all the house ‘specials’?

Or a cab driver’s surly lip and non-existent sense of service?

Move on with a smile, forgoing the Pyrrhic victory of a caustic rejoinder.

Save the fight for a principle worth fighting for.

Just a thought in the early days of the year of the rabbit, passed on with a smile and a handshake.

All the best,

Warren J. Devalier

©2011 Warren J. Devalier