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Monday, February 22, 2010

SMILE

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Today was a day filled with discovery.  As I browsed through my Happy Book in search of more fun pages to create and reflect upon, I came upon a page that read, “Fill this page with all the smiles you can find.  Take pictures of people’s smiles (just the smiles!), collect smiles from magazines, draw your own...whatever you need to do to make this wall-to-wall happy.”  The thing I found most intriguing about this concept is that it reminded me of a day a few years ago, when I just could not get out of the really bad mood and depression I was feeling.  I told myself to just smile, all day, no matter what, and see what happens.  Throughout the day my mood grew lighter and by smiling I actually brought on a really good mood from something that seemed to have began so horribly.

As I leafed further through the book, I happened upon a page with a quote on top that read, “Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”  That just speaks volumes to me.  I see more of the negative aspects of my life than I do the positive ones and it keeps me from growing in a healthy direction. 

This book has been a Godsend, I mean a Dawnsend, as she is the one who sent it  to me.  The title is so apropos!
Try this one day when you feel like things aren’t going your way and see if it works for you.  Dwell on the good and the joy and leave the not-so-good and other negative things for the day to swallow up and move on.  Just smile.  It really works.
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1 comment :

Dawn said...

I am so glad you are loving the book, but for the life of me, I haven't come across that smile page yet! I am hung up having fun with all those list pages *grin*

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