Category Archives: thinking outside of ourselves

Look up. Brighten Your Day With A Smile.

I went to the gym today. I taught my usual Saturday morning Yoga class. Afterwards, I walked around listening to my music, trying to figure out what I wanted to do next when I caught a stranger’s gaze, and I smiled.

I jumped on a couple of different cardio machines and in between my interval training, I saw another couple of strangers, and I smiled. Then I thought about how awesome it made me feel.

Many days I do some of the same things. I go to some of the same places and I have to admit, I don’t always take the time to smile. I get stuck in my own little world. I think about my day. The hurts. The blessings. I travel to my next destination, whether it be the bathroom at work, the break room, or the next machine at the gym with my mind wrapped around some sort of thought.

So why am I writing about smiles today? Because like this morning, I realized how good it feels to spread one. I liked thinking about someone else for a moment and letting my mind go perfectly quiet. Maybe you’ll get a smile back. Maybe someone hasn’t been smiled at all day and yours is the first. In any case, it brightened my morning. It inspired me enough to wonder about someone else’s life in the moment, and then I remembered, how fortunate I am to be exactly where I am right now.

A couple of fun quotes that made me smile in seconds:

Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over. ~Walter Anderson

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.