Some days, it’s so easy to smile. You wake up to your cab driver’s voice saying he will be late by another half an hour and you snuggle under your blanket for another five minutes. You get ready and find yourself greeted with a hot cup of coffee made by your husband or your roommate. You reach work beaming with joy, ready to take up the challenges.
But, some times you wake up to chaos. Your alarm doesn’t ring and your cabbie doesn’t turn up. You wake your husband up only to find that he is again back in bed, snoring away to glory. You manage to reach work (but late) only to be bombarded with 700+ mails to reply to. Things fall apart, things fall short. You struggle to go through the day, some times wishing to stop the world for a second so that you can breathe.
How do you cope up?
I say, smile.
Smiling happens without much thought. You walk with your friend by your side, hear “Thud!!”, only to find her face down on the ground, your very first reaction is to giggle. When you watch a colleague do something silly or embarrassing, you smirk. When a police officer lets you off without a ticket, you grin. And when you are appreciated by your client or recognized for your top performance at work or a get a promotion (which I did this week, by the way), you beam.
Call a friend who knows how to laugh at herself. Listen to that perfectly made mix CD to unwind. Send him a sweet text message. Kiss. Hum a song. Paint your toe nails yellow or green or whichever that you wouldn’t usually pick. Go outside and smell the flowers. Give a Big Bear hug. Watch Popeye. Bake some fresh cookies. Wear perfume. Write a hand-written letter. Put on your favorite music and dance. Think happy thoughts. Give your cat a ball of yarn or give your dog a wrapped gift. Put on a dress and flaunt. Click pictures. Make a new friend. Talk to the person next to you on your cab. Carry out a Random Act of Kindness.
We played a game last Friday at work where in one had to write things he likes and dislikes in a person. Of almost all the positive things which was written for me, one was common. It was that I am always seen with a happy smile. Isn’t it beautiful? Shed your inhibitions and worries. Smile…it costs nothing.
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