Atisha said, ‘Always keep a smiling face and a loving mind, and speak truthfully without malice.’ Today – World Smile Day – would be a good day to imagine what the world would be like if everybody could follow just this one simple piece of advice.
Making an effort to smile naturally makes you feel better, and it is so infectious – smile at the cashier in a supermarket and watch the smile spread down the queue behind you. When you see how simple it can be – and how rewarding – to bring a bit of joy to others, you really start to appreciate the value of love. If just a facial expression can make so much difference, think how profound a change can be brought about by a genuinely loving heart.
The official #WorldSmileDay campaign uses the tagline:
Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!
Sometimes it feels like trying to be an altruistic person in our crazy materialistic world is such a struggle – but we should take the time to appreciate how small things can bring real results. Making someone smile doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it could have made a great deal of difference to them. Rejoice whenever you see a smile.
Someone who can keep smiling no matter what is like gold: untarnished and consistently shining in any circumstances. And greatly to be valued.
We can all be of great value to our society by keeping a loving heart and bringing a smile to everyone we meet. If we aspire to be that person, it will help us to keep a positive view and good intentions towards others, and if we have good intentions we will always have a beneficial impact on the world around us.
So, at least for today, remember how powerful a smile is and let the joy in your heart appear for everyone to share.