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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious… Have you smiled today?

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Smiling Is Infectious attributed to Karen McLendon-Laumenn/Matthew John Fraser
Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected! via

Have you smiled today? Sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our lives, and a smile is the furthest thing from our minds. If your day has been stressful, blissful or uneventful, take a moment to smile anyway, it will help shift your mood. Then, spread some joy around. By now, we know there’s a ton of research on the subject. Smiling increases endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin to help our immune system. It helps us relax,  express our feelings, elevate our mood and increase our confidence levels. Hey, it might even help us live longer

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”  Joseph Addison

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious… Smiling is universal

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Smiles by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Smile a little, smile a little,
As you go along,
Not alone when life is pleasant,
But when things go wrong.
Care delights to see you frowning,
Loves to hear you sigh;
Turn a smiling face upon her –
Quick the dame will fly.

Smile a little, smile a little,
All along the road;
Every life must have its burden,
Every heart its load.
Why sit down in gloom and darkness
With your grief to sup?
As you drink Fate’s bitter tonic,
Smile across the cup.

Smile upon the troubled pilgrims
Whom you pass and meet;
Frowns are thorns, and smiles are blossoms
Oft for weary feet.
Do not make the way seem harder
By a sullen face;
Smile a little, smile a little,
Brighten up the place.

Smile upon your undone labour;
Not for one who grieves
O’er his task waits wealth or glory;
He who smiles achieves.
Though you meet with loss and sorrow
In the passing years,
Smile a little, smile a little,
Even through your tears. via famouspoetsandpoems

What puts a smile on your face? Hugmamma and I had a funny exchange on her blog that started with the question – How do you make a laughing face? Answer – Use the punctuation mark : so it’s – Colon lol colon. 😆 It got me thinking about the beauty and power of a simple smile…  and it put one on my face. Whether we share a Duchenne smile or a Pan American smile, some key benefits are that it helps us connect, DE-stress, even improve our attitude. More below!

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Inspiration: Smiling Is Infectious…

Keep On Smiling by Alexandra Skiathitis©
If at times you feel you want to cry.
And life seems such a trial.
Above the clouds there’s a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile.

As you travel on life’s way
With its many ups and downs
Remember it’s quite true to say
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.

Among the worlds expensive things
A smile is very cheap
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.

Happiness comes at times to all
But sadness comes unbidden
And sometimes a few tears must fall
Among the laughter hidden.

So when friends have sadness on their face
And troubles round them piled
The world will seem a better place
And all because you smiled. via

What would you do if you couldn’t smile anymore?  Imagine never being able to smile again and it might help us appreciate the friendly smiles we get from others and the chance they give us to smile back. Remember the blessing/grace that gives us opportunities to put a smile on another person’s face; our child, a friend, loved ones, strangers. If we could no longer do so, it would surely make us sad. Smile!

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Have you smiled today? What puts a smile on your face? What would you do if you couldn’t smile anymore? Do share! Thank you. 🙂

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: A smile can brighten a dull day and help us shift our mood. When others give us things to smile about, don’t forget to share the goods. 😆

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos smiling dog, Smile is universal, Nepali woman, Vietnam girlsmile too, Bangladeshi woman, via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

27 Comments leave one →
  1. 31/05/2012 12:56 am

    One of the guides in my book is saying Thanks, and then wondering where that thanks will end up by the end of the day. This post about smiling is a beautiful alternative to that. Smile, then wonder where will that smile end up today. Lovely. 😀

  2. 31/05/2012 2:10 am

    Have you tried smiling at someone who is shouting at you whilst driving because you have made a tiny mistake or have not moved on fast enough? Jeesh, does it make them mad LOL 🙂

  3. 31/05/2012 2:50 am

    Hello Eof,

    For all the inspirations you have given me, I nominate you for Inspiring Blogger Award. Details are here:

    Hope you like it. And congratulations!

    Subhan Zein

  4. 31/05/2012 3:11 am

    There’s some synchronicity in the Blogosphere tonight 😀

  5. 31/05/2012 4:11 am

    Smiling is our medicine.

  6. 31/05/2012 5:12 am

    Smiles are truly powerful signals. Even a small smile in passing, can sent a friendly signal to perfect strangers. It’s always nice to start the day seeing smiling faces, so thanks for a great start to my day with your lovely post. I hope you, too, have a great day, Elizabeth. 🙂

  7. 31/05/2012 7:33 am

    It never ceases to amaze me, the power of a smile. The dog made me laugh and reminded me that I’ve never seen a ‘doodle’, golden or labra, that didn’t have a smile on their face. I think they’re onto something.
    Fun post Elizabeth!! Keep smiling!

  8. 31/05/2012 8:16 am

    A few weeks ago after losing my Father In Law to Cancer and my beloved dog both in the same week. I noticed as I walked around a big smile hit my lips. I wondered why this was happening and I relized as people smiled big and broad back at me that somthing in my nature new that I needed this connection to others and that even through my sadness a big smile apeared on my face. I was so greatful for each and every smile back. :+) 😆

  9. 31/05/2012 8:17 am

    It worked! Thank You for teaching my the laughing smile. 😆

  10. 31/05/2012 9:52 am

    a smile is a universal language! when you travel smiling is the best way to communicate !

  11. 31/05/2012 9:58 am

    look at this the lol project by a french photograph david ken, he took 1500 pictures in France of people smiling

  12. 31/05/2012 11:37 am

    I love the chain reaction of a smile…and the thought of it reaching around the world…How neat is that! ~mkg

  13. 31/05/2012 2:05 pm

    Pinned you. Hope it draws others to your blog, you give so much. Here is the pin

  14. 31/05/2012 4:09 pm

    These smiles you have so generously shared here today are shining a lot of new light into my life right now! Thank you very, very much!

  15. 31/05/2012 5:36 pm

    totally infectious! excellent 🙂

  16. 01/06/2012 2:34 am

    I smile a lot! I love it – it makes me happy 🙂

  17. 01/06/2012 4:55 am

    Smiling takes so little energy for what it provides!

  18. 01/06/2012 9:36 am

    Reblogged this on Raw Life Wizard … – One man's journey of natural healing, spirituality, and raw food juicing. and commented:
    Let’s all try to smile a little today and infect the world with a juggernaut of unstoppable happiness!

  19. 03/06/2012 10:40 am

    I believe that too 🙂 Wonderful selection of photos Eliz and a brilliant poem!

    • 03/06/2012 6:20 pm

      TY Madhu! I appreciate the comment and love the poems too. 😉

  20. 08/06/2012 8:30 am

    a little girl in my class inspires me to smile… the little one who said she had “smiled til her cheeks hurt”…she brings such joy every time I see her. She was one of the reasons I started my blog…to put her words on there to remind myself of the inspiration of a smile. So… 😆 ??? Well, I’ve been meaning for months to find out how to do that smiley! Thank you to you and hugmamma!!! : )

  21. Linda Rogers permalink
    06/06/2014 7:47 pm

    I am Linda Rogers and I am the original author of Smile for you. That is the original title of the poem you, and the world have renamed smiling is infectious. I didn’t sign my poem and copied it on 5×7 cards with a goofy grin drawn in ink on one side with the title Smile for you. The poem was on the other side and I made about 12 hand drawn copies and passed them out to people who looked like they needed a pick me up. I am happy it has gone on for nearly 30 years and done its job well. I am sad to see others taking credit for my work.

    • 15/06/2014 4:34 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that others took your work and changed it without giving credit. I can feel your frustration with the way your heartfelt effort has been appropriated and used differently. If you’re up for it, I’d love to feature you on my blog and help set the record straight. Thank you!

      • 15/06/2014 5:49 pm

        Thank you for the offer but I am not sure I am feature worthy. This is the one thing I have done that was note worthy. The poem was never meant to be about me or to garner fame. It was about the smiles on others faces. The problem lies in others copyrighting my poem. They take away the law abiding citizens right to distribute it freely. Since I didn’t keep a copy, sign my work, get the names of the strangers I gave it to, or put it in print I do not hold a copyright on my poem. Others have copyrighted it. I have contacted 3 of these people. One has it published in a childrens book and made up a story for his site about how he came to write my words. One has it on a website and has given or sold rights to others. None of them responded to my emails. Not even a simple acknowledgement or apology. I guess I will have to trust that the smiles will continue to go on as they have for nearly 30 years now. Thanks for listening to my rantings. 😀

      • 15/06/2014 7:52 pm

        Sorry to hear this… I did a bit of sleuthing and found you sharing your story on a number of sites. I would love to find one of those people you gave the 5×7 cards to… It would put this all to rest. Fascinating story that I think you should share with the New York Times. They could assign a journalist to dig deeper into the story. You might not think you are feature worthy but I think you are. Every time a creative person has their work taken by others, it needs to be addressed.

    • Sherri Boekweg permalink
      28/07/2020 5:43 am

      Linda, I love your poem and I have shared it with a lot of people. But I always give you the credit. I am so glad that I know that you are the one who wrote the poem. Thank you for sharing your talents. It is such a great poem.

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