"It's better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn't smile back."
What do you do when you see someone smiling? Do you smile back? Look away? Wonder about the person?
I like to smile. It’s an easy thing to give, and it’s absolutely free. Flashing someone my pearly whites doesn’t even take a full second. And it makes me happy and lowers my stress level.
A Forbes article even covered the subject a couple of years ago. It said, according to multiple studies over many years, putting a smile on your face elevates your mood.
So, go ahead and curve those lips. I dare you. You’ll likely find your smile reciprocated, and you’ll be happier. It’s a win-win.
My daughter used to have a quote in her room that said, “It’s better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back,” by Mari Gayatri Stein. I’ve found that to be true.
Why not do a little experiment? Go flash your teeth when you see others in passing and note how many smiles you get back. I’ll return the smile if I see you. :-)
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"