No matter the weather! Doing so will bring joy to you and those you interact with.
Sing! Laugh! Be grateful! Be kind! Help someone do something they can’t do. Give hugs. Compliment someone. Encourage someone. Tell your family you love them. Be a friend. Visit someone who might be lonely. Make a treat and take it to someone. Call someone. Write a note. Send a text. Scatter sunshine!
In an article by The Huffington Post, according to Trends in Cognitive Science we tend to mimic the smiles or frowns of others because it helps us better understand what other people are feeling, allowing us to respond appropriately.
Based on their review, the researchers concluded that when we mimic someone else’s facial expression, we trigger that same emotional state in ourselves, which then allows us to formulate an appropriate social response.
There’s Magic in Your Smile!
I really enjoyed this article over at psychologytoday.com written by a guest blogger named Sarah Stevenson. She said that each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
You look better when you smile.
When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere.
Smiling affects those around us.
Each time you smile at a person, their brain coaxes them to return the favor. The world is simply a better place when you smile.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
My Smiles Creation
Last year I painted my second bathroom in a cheerful spring green. I needed a new wall decoration so I browsed the internet for ideas. I ran across a sign that said “Smiles are contagious” and it gave me the inspiration for this creation.
First I glued scrap-book paper to a thick piece of poster board. I drew out my letters for “Smiles” in my writing style. Next I traced them on pink-striped paper I had glued to poster board and cut them out. Then I mounted them using foam mounts so they’d stand out. The tiny white flowers on the letters are punched out with a paper punch, with a dot of sparkly nail polish in the center. I penned the rest of the saying on the green background, and used rick-rack for borders. The flowers and bugs are pop-up stickers. They have real squiggly eyes. I used white spray paint on a wood frame I already had to frame it. I love it because it’s so fun and cheerful, and it didn’t cost me anything to make it because I used what I already had.
The phrase, ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade’, was initially coined by writer Elbert Hubbard in a 1915 obituary he penned and published for dwarf actor Marshall P. Wilder. The obituary, entitled The King of Jesters, praises Wilder’s optimistic attitude and achievements in the face of his disabilities:
“He was a walking refutation of that dogmatic statement, Mens sana in corpore sano. His was a sound mind in an unsound body. He proved the eternal paradox of things. He cashed in on his disabilities. He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand.”
It was later published in a magazine called The Rotarian in November 1940 as a poem entitled The Optimist.
Life handed him a lemon, As Life sometimes will do. His friends looked on in pity, Assuming he was through. They came upon him later, Reclining in the shade In calm contentment, drinking A glass of lemonade.
Every mortal who has ever walked this earth has faced a challenge of some form or another. Some are large and more obvious, none-the-less, even small ones can try the best of us. Aren’t we thankful for optimism! That hopeful confidence about the future that inspires us to keep going and keep doing. Some of the greatest accomplishments have been made by those with limitations. Make the best of what you have been given and you will be amazed at the results. Just keep working at it, and never give up!
I love this song by Alex Boye.
You can be bitter, bitter, bitter…or you can be better, better, better!
Dear world…I wrote this song over 20 yrs ago when I was broke, homeless and eating food out of trash cans. It was a very low time for me filled with depression and sadness…I would pray that one day I would write a song about my situation that would go to number one in the charts all over the world, and bring a smile to people’s faces everywhere. They say it takes a village to raise a child…This is my child. Will you help make this lifelong dream a reality by downloading this song for just $1? Thank-you world. Much love. Alex Boye https://alexboye.bandcamp.com/track/lemonade
Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade – Alex Boye
(VERSE) I’m just so broke you won’t believe Can’t get a dollar out of me And as far as I can see I’m losing control like a bad disease No I just can’t get relief I’ve been shot down by the life police, And every day I try to rise but I can’t succeed Can anybody find a cure for me? You can be bitter, bitter, bitter, Or you can be better, better, better
It’s Gonna Be OK!
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama heyama kama Hama kama hama kama
Laugh Just a Little More
(VERSE) Now every day is like a brand new year, I throw my hands up in the air like I just don’t care, I’m moonwalking down the streets feeling like oh yeah (oh yeah!) Like the bottom of the glass now I see clear So now I laugh just a little more (Yeeheeheee!) I stand much taller than I did before (Yahahaa!) I know I’m not where I need to be But I thank God that I’m not where I used to be, I used to be bitter, bitter, bitter, But now I feel better, better, better
Don’t Worry Little Children
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Hama kama hama kama
So Many Miracles!
(BRIDGE) I was saved for a reason That I can’t explain Got something new to believe in I’m awakened again (whoa-oh-oh-whoa) So many miracles are happening each day If I can just get out of (Elelele) My own way
So Go Find Some Sugar, Sugar!
(CHORUS) When life gives you lemons It’s gonna be okay Don’t worry little children And don’t complain (whoa) Remember you’re golden So find some sugar cane When life gives you lemons Make lemonade Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade Lemony-lemony-lemony-lemony-lem-lemonade Lem-lem-lem-lem-lemonade Lemo-lemo-Whoo!