A smile is an invitation for a friend. It can open a conversation. It is a way that you can say without words that you are friendly. A person’s face can tell you what is going on inside.
My personality is mostly serious. So this is not an easy task for me. I have to remind myself to put on a smile. I look at pictures where I am not smiling and I look like a grump. In my recent unsmiling passport picture, I look like a criminal. This is a little bit alarming for sure. Is this what people see when a smile is not on my face? Some people are natural at smiling, and they usually have lots of friends. : )
When I am out and about with a smile on my face, I can tell that more strangers will strike up a conversation. I am hoping that the conversation will bring joy to their day. It is not about me, but how can I show kindness to someone that I meet. Smile, and see for yourself how this works. It really does.
I think back to Covid and mask-wearing. I did not feel friendly at all. I couldn’t wait to run out of a store to get it off. I couldn’t understand anyone’s conversation either. No one looked friendly. I feel there were not many congenial conversations during this time. I remember hearing some say, “But, you can see the smile with their eyes.” This didn’t work for me. No wonder we had a mental health crisis.
Smiling can be an invitation to a friend. Try it out and see what unfolds.
God’s Word-Proverbs 15:13
A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;
a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. (The Message)