A Smile Speaks Every Language

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I’m at the end of hearing the negativity that surrounds our day-to-day.  How much more Debbie downer info can I cram into my brain?  Seriously.  Every moment of the day, I feel like it is encompassed by some form of drama or negative attention.  I log onto the computer at work, and the homepage pops up full of events going on in the world – the majority of them focusing on who’s mad at who, or who did what to who or what country is going down the tube faster than another country.  The TV, the radio, even conversations with other adults all ultimately end up being some sort of doomsday conversation.  I can’t take anymore.  Do I know there are issues in the world?  YES.  Do I know that these issues won’t fix themselves?  YES.  Do I understand that change begins with me and at home?  YES.  But, I also refuse to believe that our world is full of hate.  I believe we, as people, are good.   I have to.  I refuse to believe anything else because if I believe that hate is winning, then it will win.  and I don’t like to lose.

What else do I believe?

I believe that love does win every time.

I believe that laughter truly is the best medicine.

I believe that smiling is contagious.

I believe that kindness matters.

I believe that sweatpants should be business casual.

I believe that acting childish to have fun is appropriate.

I believe that eating dessert first is a-okay.

I believe in treating others the way that I want to be treated.

I believe that the grass is never truly greener.

I believe that hatred is learned and taught, but can be easily corrected.

I believe in second chances.

I believe in long romances.

I believe in eating pizza from a gas station.

I believe in having an entire birthday month.

I believe that movies are never better than the books.

and last, but not least….I believe in each and every one as you are reading this.  I truly do.  We are good, all of us.  We are capable of spreading laughter, joy and love to each other from all different parts of the world.

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So, let me ask a favor of you.  In the comment section, please tell me where you are from, and tell me one amazing, kind, loving, moving, happy thing going on in your part of the world.  No drama, no negativity.  Just pure happiness.   It can be about anything.  About you, your country that you live in, your town that you live in, anything.

I’ll start!  Today, I was embraced so loving and pure from my daughter that my heart almost burst from happiness.    I’m so lucky to be loved unconditionally.  <3 and in my town, we are prepping for Halloween festivities by getting our neighborhood ready for our annual Halloween event.  Our house provides hot dogs and an outdoor movie for all the trick or treaters.  Halloween time is so magical in our neighborhood.  <3

Now, your turn.  Share something magical, amazing, loving – anything that makes you happy to be you, or to live where you live.

No matter what part of the country or the world that we live in, we can make each other smile so easily. So, why wouldn’t we?   Let’s spread happiness, not hate! 🙂

134 thoughts on “A Smile Speaks Every Language

  1. Herlina Kwee | Making LOL says:

    Love this post. I agree with lots of your points, especially eating dessert first (I am a former pastry chef. Dessert will always have a piece of my heart) and having an entire month of birthday (Mine is coming up next month — Woohoo!) I am Indonesian. We are known to smile to strangers easily and when we laugh, we do it the big way – the teeth showing, ear-to-ear big grin or laugh. Smile. It’s free 🙂

  2. Joyce Marie says:

    Yes! Yes! Yessss! To all of this! We need more love, more smiles, more positivity! I too believe all these are possible and I’ve made a conscious decision to BE the change. So I smile more often, I encourage more, I love a little harder and honestly it’s been an amazing journey!

  3. Jennifer Bly says:

    There’s so much good where I live. For example, this past weekend, a woman from my church showed up on our doorstep with a care package of food and gifts. The love in that package was palpable.

    As for myself… last week I had this epiphany that I need to radiate more joy and smile more often. I’ve been smiling and warm to everyone I encounter. It’s contagious. I’ve been surprised at how people reciprocate and smile back.

    I’ve seen moods completely shift. A smile is a great thing… and it’s free to give.
    xoxo
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  4. Kiersten says:

    Oh my goodness! I loved this post. Thank you for taking the time to write it out so thoughtfully!!! I agree with so much of what you said!! And I LOVE TO SMILE!! (I have the wrinkles to prove it.)

  5. Amy says:

    I also believe that sweatpants should be business casual!

    I live in a rural little area South of Tallahassee. My blessing is that I get to practice that form of business casual everyday! I do not have to commute to work and my office view is my backyard which is 90 acres of untouched forest.

  6. Echo says:

    I love this! When I used to work at head start having a smile, making connections, and having fun made all the difference in the days of some of those kids. Smiles are for everyone.

  7. Tori says:

    Hi! What a great post – so uplifting.
    Today, I went out for the day with my friend and my god-daughter. We went to a Scarecrow Festival and my god-daughter said hello and goodbye to all the “scareys.” My heart was SO full of love at her gorgeous attempts to say scarecrow and the way she was so focused on spotting them. I loved that this kind of event is happening in my local area so I can have these experiences.

  8. Christina says:

    What a refreshing post. I’m tired of the negativity too.

    I’m from the Pacific Northwest. Currently the leaves are changing colors. There are lots of free festivals for all ages. My son has had so much fun for little to no cost. I’m also happy to see my local Buy Nothing group on Facebook is active; so many people giving and so many thankful recipients.
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  9. Ithfifi says:

    Beautiful post and I can only agree with everything you’ve said you believe in. Love does win all and I don’t believe we are born to hate. I want to say also that I love the way you write, reading your posts feels like talking to a good friend somehow 🙂 Something positive going on.. I’m not sure about locally but I feel like I have a life!! I’m starting to look for work and am aiming towards building a future. My family play a big part, they fill my heart with love and happiness 🙂
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  10. Tosha Ornelas says:

    This is truly amazing to read and lifted me up. The world can be a wonderful beautiful place and it hurts to hear and see horrible things happen. And it all starts with teaching and raising our kids with love laughter and respect.

  11. Cia Black says:

    Let’s see what make me happy about where I live, I love the we have a local walking path that follows the river across the train tracks from our house. I love the scene in the winter time, while cold we have a clear shot of the waterside from our master bedroom and you can smell the new beginnings forming underneath all that frost.. I love that our park of made of wood and built by the fire department, I still remember the awe in my children’s eyes as we watched them lower the slide into place. But what makes me smile most about our neighborhood is when we walk down the street everyone is so friendly and kind. We always get hello’s and smile returned to us.

  12. Rose says:

    What a sweet beautiful post. I am in Virginia. My beautiful moment today was seeing my one of my oldest daughters orchestra performances. Tonight they had their concert. All the groups were great. I love hearing the music created by a group of dedicated kids.

  13. Andrea says:

    I am trying to embrace living today like there might not be a tomorrow. Eating dessert and wearing the NEW shirt now, bedtime snuggles as requested.
    I was reminded the other day that good.people do still exist when a stranger stopped to help my husband when he had tire problems on a busy road.
    I live by kill them with kindness, it works!

  14. Gabriella says:

    This was such a motivational post. I love all of the things you believe in and believe in most of them myself. And I’m so with you with being done with negativity. I honestly cannot take any more of it! I have to shut off the news and stop following things on Facebook because there is so much negativity. It was refreshing to read an uplifting post like this one. Thank you!

  15. Princy Khurana says:

    this is a wonderful post! simple things are the best in life, and u have expressed all of these beautifully! I love to spend time with my children, read stories to them, laughing crazy till tummy hurts kind of things 🙂

  16. Kacie Morgan says:

    I am a very smiley person naturally. Sometimes, people are shocked to see me smiling at strangers so much, but it’s just natural instinct. When I went to India last year, I was advised not to smile at any men because apparently I was giving off the impression. It’s crazy to consider how powerful a smile can be.

  17. Michele says:

    Love this and all the positive vibes! I am a teacher and sometimes I am so frusturated with children, but if I smile, some anger is released and I am in a better mood. Something so simple can be so powerful <3

  18. PJ says:

    Yes to all of this! And yes, to sweats being business casual.
    What makes me smile is seeing dogs walking down the street. They’re always so happy! And when they look at you and smile (yes, dogs do smile), it melts your heart. Dogs are joyous, happy creatures. And they make everyone feel better when they pass by.

  19. Preet says:

    What an amazing post, I love all the love, smiles and positive vibes this post has and is giving to others too. I love the alone time with my kids when I feel this is the life I want, all the hugs, all the kisses and all the love, the best time of the day which I look forward to. I am the kind of person who gets the compliments of being the nicest, I did even miss a job because they needed someone meaner, strange but funny, haha.

  20. Lynda H says:

    Hello from Japan. Or should I say Konnichi Wa! I am originally from Ireland.

    I love this post. I also love many of the things you have listed.

    I chose to be happy daily. I believe happiness is part choice. No matter what is thrown my way, I chose to see the good in life and be happy. Right now it is dead easy to be happy. I have four healthy happy children who fill me with love everyday. They fill my heart and they fill me with their love.

    Also, it is Halloween – one of my favourite times of the year. And Christmas, another favourite, is just around the corner. But a little story that might fit this post: I was at a festival when from behind a man’s voice said “Hello” (in English) in a sort of shaky unsure voice. I turned around to a senior gentleman, at least 80 years old. I said “Hello” back. We got talking. Turns out he had visited Ireland. We chatted for a while and when it was time to go he gave me some origami he made. Beautiful origami. And some for my children: Pokemon characters and animals. I had nothing to give him back. So I asked if I could take his photo. He was thrilled. And so I did. And I thought to myself; life is good, people are good, there is hope for us all. 🙂

  21. Grace says:

    Your post just says it all!! There is so much hate in the world but love and laughter are soo much stronger than that. It all starts with having a positive mindset and sending out positive vibes. Do what you love and love what you do. Be yourself and let nobody take away your happiness!

  22. G&D Blog says:

    Thanks for this post. You have no idea how this helps me right now. Debbie Downer is so annoying and she’s everywhere! LOL! But yah, I don’t need to let her win. Am in the process of doing that, and so far, am doing great. And reading posts like this would absolutely help me to be the optimistic person again. 😀

    -Gerome of G&D Blog
    http://www.gdblog.net

  23. roamy says:

    I really like the title of your post, it`s something that is free, what is better than fee in this world.I do find it a shame seeing some serious frowning faces when they have no reason to be so serious.
    As you mention in your post, a smile is free and it speaks all languages, you only need to smile to the person next to you in the bus,at the supermarket check out, at the doctor waiting office and both of you soon feel at ease.
    I`ve been in places where I did not speak a single word of the language, but a smile always took me a long way.Really lovely post, thanks for sharing.

  24. Lisa says:

    A smile can change someone’s day, it’s such an easy thing to do yet can have such an impact. I try to live fully every day and do what I can to make the day better for someone else in the process. And dessert first is a great way to make me smile!

  25. Eloise says:

    I believe in many of the things you’ve listed, great minds think alike ; )
    I live in MN and my happiness today was being goofy with my kids at the table while having breakfast before school… We shared hard, load laughter which is my favorite thing! The most precious thing to share with others is laughter!
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  26. Rebecca says:

    I love this post so much!! I’ve been feeling a lot of negativity this week too so I decided to do some acts of kindness.. makes me feel a little happier anyway! I live in the South of England and it is so beautiful and autumnal here at the moment, red leaves everywhere. I’m looking forward to going for some lovely walks with my children over the next few days – and carving a pumpkin too!

  27. Aoife says:

    Lovely post!! I love the positivity. I’m from Ireland and one thing I love over here is the sense of humour and fun people have! Thanks for reminding me to notice that!

  28. kirsty says:

    A smile can go such a long way and I tend to smile at people in the street as you never know what kind of day they are having. I know exactly what you mean about unconditional love, it’s the best feeling in the world.

  29. Fabiana @ No Wagon Diet says:

    Hello from Gothenburg, Sweden. Around here, we’re being blessed by the gift of Fall. The city looks gorgeous with all the yellows, oranges and reds. Also, Swedish apples are all over the place this time of the year, and they’re truly amazing. I love how every season is so remarkably different here in Sweden (I’m not born here, I’m from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where the seasons aren’t that distinct!).

  30. Shubhada Bhide says:

    I feel so happy and I’m smiling while I’m reading your article, smiling can do a lot in our daily lives. It can beautify and can give good vibes not just to us but to others as well.

  31. Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) says:

    Great post. I’m Lea Ann and I live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We had snow yesterday and today the sun is shining and we have an absolutely crystal clear view of our majestic Rocky Mountains. That always makes everyone here smile. And also, Whole Foods is opening a new location in downtown Denver and just announces that they’re adding a huge mac and cheese bar inside the store. Does it get any happier than that? 🙂

  32. Glenda says:

    Yes, I agree there is a lot of negativity on social media, and news. Some of the things that make me happy is doing anything that is artsy like designing my website, decorating my house, or dolling myself up.

  33. Stephanie says:

    I absolutely love this post. I am the same way. Yes, I know there are a lot of issues in the world, but I also believe there is more good than bad. If I stopped to think of everything going on, I wouldn’t ever let my boys out of the house. My favorite part of the day is my boys coming to us in the morning with a big smile on their faces ready to start the day. It also usually includes some good morning hugs!
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  34. Nathan says:

    Firstly this is a lovely post. We are two bloggers Natnzin from Sri Lanka. I feel its travel which takes me away from all the hectic schedules in life and helps us to relax and keep my mind away from all these negativity. It helps us to meet new people from different realms of the world with different backgrounds and interesting personalities. It takes your mind away from all the busy hassle of the day to day life.

  35. Beola Lawal says:

    This is such an awesome post, there is so much negativity going around that makes us loose sight of the positivity that still exist. I live in Canada and most Canadians are more than nice and polite, strangers smile at you, say helllo or hi, try to give you an helping hand with your stroller or the door, ask how has your day been or how was your night? This is my day day to day life here in Canada, so when I experience any negativity at any point in time, I think of how awesome the positive experience has been for me.
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  36. Elizabeth O says:

    After reading this article. It makes me feel so happy, You bring so much smile and positive vibes to all of us. I really like the positive attitude that you have. Keep it up.

  37. Erica Schwarz says:

    I live in Florida in the US and today we have been running around preparing for a Halloween neighborhood party tonight. I love that I live somewhere with lots of kids and that we can have fun activities like this!

  38. Amy Dong says:

    Dessert first is definitely a-ok in my book! 🙂 Smiles are SO contagious! I try to smile at people whenever I walk by them at the stores or even on my walks/runs. People generally brighten up when someone smiles and says hello 🙂 Laughter is for sure great medicine and us grown ups sometimes need to relearn how to laugh with abandon, like children do.
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  39. Claire says:

    I am loving this positive post and I absolutely agree with you on smiles and laughs! Great way to end the month with this motivating and inspiring post!

  40. Rachel Palmer says:

    I’m from the UK and in my town there’s a huge drive to help a very sick young lady marry her sweetheart.
    Perfect strangers and businesses are offering their help for no reason other than kindness. It’s beautiful x

  41. Viola says:

    I’m from Canada and I’m currently teaching English in Japan. This week, I taught a Halloween class to my Elementary grade 5 kids. We all dressed up in costumes and played games. All the beautiful smiles and laughter reminded me how there is love in the world. One of my little girls gave me a little bouquet of plastic flowers and said Happy Halloween! Made my day. Let’s all share love for each other! <3

  42. Jos says:

    You’re right, there is so much negativity in the world. I don’t even like to watch the news anymore because of it. There are lots of fall festivals and activities at pumpkin patches going on right now, which makes me happy!

  43. Jen Temcio says:

    I 100% agree with everything you wrote. I take breaks from the news and then in conversations it sounds like I am not caught up on current events when really it is just that I don’t want to see negative stuff every singe day.

  44. AnnMarie John says:

    That’s such a beautiful message for people especially these days. You’re right about too much negativity. It’s about time we put an end to it.

    I’m from Colorado and my family is the good thing that I see and wake up to everyday. Right now we’re at Disney and I could not be more thankful.

  45. Cynthia says:

    What a beautiful post! It made me think for a little bit. There is indeed a lot of negativity around me lately, but one thing makes me smile: I felt my baby moving for the first time a few days ago. I haven’t been able to feel her again but I know she is doing her thing and growing fast which makes me very happy!
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  46. Julie Syl says:

    What a good post to read! That’s true every smile speaks every language. I absolutely love this, I sorround myself with my family and friends who’s have positive mind.

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