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What’s Behind a Smile?

A smile is more than just an upward curve of the mouth. It is the gesture which symbolizes joy, happiness, optimism, and laughter. A stranger with a welcoming smile can brighten your day! And a friend with compassion who listens without pursed lips is the one you lean on when times are tough.

One small gesture can mean so much in so many different ways. As I was leafing through one of my Father’s old poetry books. I came across this little poem – it brought a smile to my face.

A Smile

Let Others Cheer the winning man,

There’s one I hold worth while;

‘Tis he who does the best he can,

The loses with a smile.

Beaten he is, but not to stay

Down with the rank and file;

That man will win some other day,

Who loses with a smile.

~ Unknown

It was the eternal optimism of this poem which made me smile. It seems when things get grim the last thing anybody wants to do is smile. But what if we did? Would it change our own perspective on life? I want to know what hides behind your smile? 

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

8 replies

  1. My sense is that, yes, it would change one’s perspective. If that weren’t so, my childhood would have been much gloomier, for my mom would’ve focused on all the things we didn’t have than on all the comedic possibilities in the world around us! I learned so much from watching her smile through the hardships. That one simple act–just smiling–was a reminder that while we cannot control what happens to us, we can control what we do with it. In that way, it’s possible for us to beat circumstance.

  2. I think a smile makes a difference. Smiley people bring out the smiles in others. I know when I was waiting tables, if I had a bad day with customers, and I let them get me down, I found it filtered onto other customers. It was like the bad began to become contagious. I also find that if you try to stay positive, it makes other people positive and more willing to help you. I have had a majorly frustrating day dealing with a former employee. I needed information that wasn’t available from an outside party. I had to keep calling the outside party. I made so many jokes about the situation, and stuff in general, she was so eager to help. If I attacked the issue with her all hard and bitchy, I would still be trying to get the answer instead of commenting on your blog 🙂

  3. I was raised in Texas – one MUST smile most of the time. Bah! My smiles are always sincere then I figure out what my true emotions are and fix my face to match. 🙂

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