Smiles for a Successful-Blog Birthday!
from Karen Hanrahan
Smiles+ Smiles Back = successful
Not to mention it feels positively outstanding for all involved
Imagine me â€“ sweet 16, in the swarming crowd at Disney. I was strutting my cute 16 year old stuff and decided to play a game. I smile at you, letâ€™s see if you smile back. Better yet I smile at you and look you straight in the eye. Will you smile back in a more meaningful way? Odds showed if I smiled and looked at someone straight in the eye and waited for the reciprocal smile — it usually felt a zillion times better. Best part I was getting darn good at it.
My dad watching the spectacle from about 10 feet behind me, didnâ€™t quite get the game I was playing. I didnâ€™t realize that if I smiled at a guy that they looked at a lot more of me after they walked by. I was a real head turner. My smile got me in BIG trouble that day.
In recent times the smile has been a fake it until you make it strategy. The outside me can get through just about anything. The inside me is screaming. If I keep smiling whoâ€™s going to know. I discovered on my daily walks that a lot of people are not smiling these days. In my silly playful (am I still in here) kind of way I started to play the game again. I wanted to feel the smile again. I wanted to give it as a gift and when someone actually smiled back I would be successful and I would feel positively outstanding. So hereâ€™s the cool part. I am still darn good at the game and best of all no one is behind me, watching me play and not understanding the rules.
I can do whatever I want. (smile)
–Karen Hanrahan, Best of Mother Earth