SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! SMILE! SMILE!
I know I said I’d be posting my #MarchPhotoADay pictures weekly this month, but yesterday’s photo had a story behind it that I thought would be fun to share. The challenge for the day was “smile,” and this goofy picture immediately came to mind.
I know…ridiculous. This photo was taken as a joke during a portrait session for my high school photography class. The story is what came after it was created through a multitude of chemicals in a dark room. My best friend at the time (who was also the photographer) gave the picture to Bobby as a joke. We weren’t dating. In fact, we were barely even friends.
I’m not sure what her intentions were other than to make him laugh (at me, obviously – I mean, I look a little maniacal). But imagine my surprise when several years later, I discovered that Bobby has been keeping the photo in his wallet ever since that day.
There are so many reasons for me to smile about that story.
The main reason is this:
We should all smile as much as possible. You never know who might be watching.
I’m not talking just in the romantic sense. I certainly wasn’t looking for a husband at the time this picture was taken. I’m talking about the fact that when we smile, we give off an air of positivity that others are attracted to. No matter how goofy the smile may be, it makes those around us smile, too, and encourages them to engage with us. Nobody wants to approach someone with a scowl on their face.
Perhaps your future best friend decided to say “hi” at that party because you looked nice.
Perhaps your future boss approached you at a networking event because you looked confident.
Perhaps your future husband, wife or significant other asked you out because you looked your most beautiful. All of these scenarios are possible as a result of a single smile.
So even if your world is a little grayer than normal today, try lifting up those corners of your mouth.
Yes, try it now. Even if you will look absolutely crazy in your cubicle or on the subway.
I guarantee you’ll make someone else smile, too.
What makes you smile every day?