Saturday, October 1, 2011

How about a little challenge?

I love to smile. I smile at my hubby when I feel in love or when I want him to do something. I smile at my kids because I love them to bits or because I don't want to lose my patience. I smile at strangers I cross in the road because I'm in a good mood. I smile a the driver who is cursing me because I just took a wrong turn (that really throws them!!!). I smile at nature or a new born baby and remind myself what a wonderful day it is!

A smile works wonders. A smile is free. It can give you so much in return. In Latin cultures it can get you a long way when you need something done. In Nordic cultures it can break the ice and maybe the routine?

I have come a cross a list of 100 ways to make people smile. I thought I'd share the first 10 with you. Go ahead, go out and try it! The other 90 ways will follow in time.

1. Call an old friend, just to say hi.
2. Hold a door open for a stranger.
3. Invite someone to lunch. (Don't worry about the cooking, get take-away and serve it on your Sunday dishes. The idea is to have fun!)
4. Compliment someone on his or her appearance.
5. Ask a coworker or a friend for their opinion on a project.
6. Bring cookies to work. (Or to school)
7. Let someone cut in during rush hour traffic. (Keep smiling!)
8. Leave a waitress or waiter a big tip. (it just might make their day)
9. Tell a cashier to have a nice day. ( I love this one!)
10. Call your parents.

I'm off to make a phone call to an old dear friend to wish her Happy Birthday!

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