A smile can usually soften the edges of even the most hardened curmudgeon. It’s nearly impossible to not smile back. You start to feel the edges of your mouth twitching – maybe just a half smile. But then just like babies who mimic the facial features of their moms and dads, we’re hard-wired to respond. It’s the way we’ve learned what safety and love looks like.
I know some people who rarely smile. Sometimes its because they are self-conscious about making contact with strangers. Or they may feel insecure or distrusting of people they don’t know. But when you dig a little deeper, it’s generally because they don’t feel deserving of love. Because most times when you smile, you get a smile back. And if you don’t feel worthy, a smile is not something you search for.
You see, in order to give love, you must be willing to accept it first from yourself and then from others. Remember you can’t give away what you don’t already have.
I believe smiling is love energy that get’s transmitted from one person to the next and then to the next. And it has the power to change a person’s life for the better. You smile at someone who maybe hasn’t felt seen in a long while. Then the law of reciprocity steps in and that person, feeling elevated, naturally smiles at the next person. It’s that simple and that profound. And ultimately that loving.
Because we’re all connected on this great big beautiful world or ours, why withhold our love for one another? For when we show love by smiling at someone else, we show love for ourselves.
Love from your Joy Mama