I have been focusing on looking people in the eye and smiling. Doesn’t this sound ridiculously simple? It is simple! Yet, oh so powerful!
No matter where I go – to the grocery, to church, to a deli, to Home Depot or wherever, I walk in with a smile and I look directly at anyone in my path.
The response? I have had so many people do a “double-take” – look at me twice.
Maybe they are thinking “what are you up to?” or maybe they are just having a horrible day and a smile is a welcome change. Maybe they needed someone to “see” them. Whatever it is, they are noticing and responding!
You would not believe the conversations that have started because of a simple smile. I’ve made so many new acquaintances and I cherish this new and exciting and simple connection with all sorts of people I share this planet with.
So many times we have no idea what people are going through – the heaviness they carry, the stress, the burdens – a smile seems to lighten the load (for me and for them). It is a non-invasive way to let them know someone else notices them. And isn’t that a wonderful thing when someone acknowledges our existence? Someone that we don’t “owe” anything, just another human being paying attention – OH the glory of it!
Don’t be afraid to try it this week– it’s a game changer. Share with us your personal experience; we’d love to hear from you! ~ Denise
The old song is true “when you’re smiling, when you’re smiling – the whole world smiles with you”.