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Friday, April 28, 2006

On Bringing Smile to Someone's Face

Bringing smile to someone’s face is something that gives me immense joy. It’s simply pure bliss. It is, in fact, beyond expression through words. It can only be felt. I don’t know how others feel about bringing smile to someone’s face, but for me it is something that gives a lot of satisfaction and a feeling that I have made a little, albeit insignificant, contribution towards making this world a better place to live in. I am sure that the joy I get from bringing smile to someone’s face matters much more than the joy one gets from money or fame.

Well, smile is a small gesture with big impact. Someone once said, “Smile is a curve that sets everything straight”. I can’t agree more. A simple smile can make a difference that worldly and material things can’t make. It’s something that reflects the calmness and warmth of the heart. And to be a catalyst in bringing this calm to someone’s heart that reflects on lips is simply amazing.

All of us, at some point of time in our life, are upset, sad, depressed, or worried. At these points of time, we are engulfed with negative emotions. And our smile vanishes taking our calmness as well as our warmth. Instead of calmness and warmth of our heart, the negative emotions take to stage and reflect on our downcast faces. And these are the times when bringing back that benign smile on someone’s face can make all the difference. It doesn’t take any effort from your side to do this. It neither demands your money nor your time. It just requires a few soothing words that show that you care and a genuine smile that shows on your lips but reflects the warmth and concern of your heart. It hardly takes a moment but it’s soothing for someone who is engulfed with negative emotions. And these small gestures from you ensure that your calming words and warmth of your heart are conveyed through a smile to the heart of someone who is suffering. This transfer of your calm and warmth calms the sufferer’s heart which, then, reflects on his/her face in form of a smile. It’s as simple as this.

But it doesn't mean that you can bring smile to someone's face only in times of sadness. It can be an everyday phenomenon - in both good times and bad. Whatever may be the time or the circumstances, your smile that reflects your genuine concern and caring nature is enough to bring a lovely smile on someone's face and make his/her life cheerful.

The best part is that bringing smile to someone’s face affects you too. It makes you also smile. It's like smile begetting smile resulting in more warmth, shared joy, a feeling of human bonding, a calming and soothing effect, and above all bringing back the positive emotions back to our heart and mind.

You smile and the world smiles with you :-)

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