I love this song…always have and always will. I first recall hearing it while watching My Girl 2 in the 1990s. I was immediately hooked. Such a sweet, simple way to look at life and realize that you can do anything, if you just smile.
I am constantly reminded of this in yoga class and casually remind my own students to smile, especially when they are tired and laboring through postures. I’ve always found that if you stop and smile, no matter what you are doing, you automatically feel ten times better. Perhaps you don’t believe me, but I say to you, what’s the harm in trying? Once you do, you’ll see how it easy it is to change your perspective and leave the “little you” behind. Such sweet liberation in such a sweet and easy gesture.
Have you ever been having a really terrible day and then you across someone who is so happy and gives you a genuine smile, right from their heart? What happens? Do you continue to be annoyed by them and go about having a terrible day or do you allow the smile to melt away your sadness and frustrations? If it’s up to me, I’d rather let it all go and bask in the warmth of a friendly smile.
My grandmother is crazy, funny, wild, outspoken, and all too terrifying at times. However, on a recent trip to visit her, we we walking to lunch and I noticed that she would smile and say hello to everyone that passed her. I asked her “Grandma, do you know all of these people?” “No” she said (with a smile) “I just smile and say hello to whomever. It’s a nice thing to do.” She’s right. It is a nice thing to do. And perhaps, if smiled just a little bit more, we would could start to melt all the pain and sorrow away. But first, start with yourself….
Now, just be prepared, it doesn’t always work. I’ve tried to smile myself out of some sticky situations, including work with a former supervisor. My smile did nothing more than to irritate the bejesus out of her (she’s too smart for me!) but at least I tried. And if for nothing else, I felt better when I had to face her. So, perhaps it doesn’t work out the way you planned, but it works nonetheless.
So, the next time you’re feeling low step outside, turn your face to the sun, spread your arms open wide, and smile. I guarantee you’ll automatically feel ten times better and you’ll soon realize that life is what you make it. It is every beings right on earth to be happy in this lifetime, so take a moment to smile and let the weight of the world melt of your shoulders. You’ll feel lighter, more content, and with a little practice begin to share that love and light with everyone you meet.
So go on, give it a try….