Blossoming Holiday Smiles

12/12/2013

be SO happyYesterday as I entered a grocery store I received a nice smile from a silver haired woman who was leaving the store. I broadened my smile in return and it was then that I realized I was already smiling. Just a small, closed mouth smile that softened my eyes and my whole demeanor, and she noticed. She offered a smile in return for my pleasant countenance.

zig ziglar - things u can giveAs I walked into that grocery store, list in hand, my warm smile was from anticipating all the holiday baking, meals, and appetizers this store would help me make. I was imagining my loved ones’ smiles as they enjoyed the treats I’d be preparing. I smile because I notice my blessings, like how I enjoy easy mobility, I have a vehicle and can drive to a nearby grocery store, and I have enough money to purchase (most of) what I want. I have a cozy home with a good fridge and stove with pans and utensils to assist me in lovingly preparing foods for my family and friends. I am grateful for every detail of my life.

sunbeam smilesMy heart beams with gratitude that I have enough to share with others. It’s not surprising that I decided to buy yet another Food Bank bag for the donation box, because in acknowledging my own blessings I’m reminded of those who are less fortunate.

Okay, I might not smile quite as broadly as Buddy the Elf here (I mean, who can?), but I too like smiling! Let’s all smile. It not only makes you feel better, it brightens up the world around you. Blessings, Gina

Additional Reading:
http://www.livescience.com/20578-social-connection-smile-strangers.html
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201202/smiling-strangers
https://professionsforpeace.com/2013/09/07/a-pleasant-countenance/
https://professionsforpeace.com/2012/04/16/the-kindness-of-strangers/
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20 responses to Blossoming Holiday Smiles

  1. 

    You already were paying it forward and didn’t know it…that’s living in the present moment…very “Professions for Peace” like! XO http://www.tresorsdeluxe.com

  2. 

    “I was imagining my loved ones’ smiles as they enjoyed the treats I’d be preparing.” I smile when I get an email advising me that you have created a new post because I so enjoy the written treats that you’ve prepared. Thank you, Gina.
    Russ

    • 

      Wow, what a wonderful thing to share Russ! You make me smile too. 🙂 Thank you SO much. I’m delighted that you enjoyed this ‘written treat’. Joyful hugs from your friend, Gina

  3. 

    Lovely post, A smile costs us nothing and yet when shared its infectious … May your smile forever spread and create a wave of smiles… Love and Blessings Sue

  4. 

    Gina, what a lovley smiley post, makes me smile straight away, thank you!

  5. 

    Smiling is contagious! Even when the smile is not sincere…haha ok hear out on this one. One day I was in a bad mood. I stopped for gas and went in to pay the clerk. I could see the clerk was in a bad mood. I had heard people say that smiles were contagious and thought what the heck, I would try it. Wouldn’t you know he smiled back at me…and when he did my smile became genuine…set the mood for the rest of my day.

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      Haha! I love it Diana. Your terrific example reminds me of the saying to ‘fake it til you make it’ meaning that even a somewhat forced or fake smile can bring about changes – in others and ourself! Wonderful comment. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Gina

  6. 

    Just watched “Elf” again two nights ago. Love that smile. SANTA! Cracks me up every time. Love your sense of gratitude for every little bit of every space and time, Gina. You do so inspire me, my friend!

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      Elf is one of my first and favorite Christmas movies to watch. The way he enthusiastically screams SANTA! always cracks me up! A role model of youthful exuberance that’s for sure. Thanks so much for your welcomed visit and wonderful comment Jamie. My apologies for being away for a bit, but finding your comment here is a delight! Hugs, Gina

  7. 

    Thanks Gina for bringing such lovely thoughts to my mind in this piece. Smiling is a wonderful non-verbal way of sharing a little happiness, joy and good cheer. And, I agree, it’s a good time of the year reflect on and be grateful for all we have in our lives (as it it any time of the year, mind you!)
    With gratitude,
    Lucy 🙂

    • 

      Hi Lucy! That is wonderfully put, that this is an especially good time of year to reflect on and be grateful, as well as at any time of year. Being and celebrating gratitude warms my heart and makes it easy to be happy.
      With gratitude for You, my dear
      Gina 🙂 xo

  8. 

    Gina, I’ve been smiling a lot lately too. Your post makes me smile even more today, especially when I look at Buddy the Elf. We have a copy of that Will Ferrell movie, and I just may have to watch it again this weekend to smile even more! 🙂 Karen

    • 

      Hello Karen, thanks for this delightful comment. I do hope you’ve enjoyed the movie Elf (again) as it always makes me laugh. Please forgive my absence from here and my delaying in replying! Such a busy time of year. Hugs to you! Gina xo

  9. 

    Your posts always deliver. Love your blog 🙂