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One Smile at a Time

My friend shared this amazing video with me, called "Validation." It's touching and funny and shows the best, easiest, fastest, cheapest way to make Heavenly Father's children happier and kinder.

I try to live by this principle (making others happy). I hate seeing people sad or upset, because I know how painful it is to feel depressed or stressed or whatever other negative emotion. People want validation, and it's so easy to give. This small act has such huge results: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine . . ." On the flip side, small acts of unkindness also have huge results: " . . . but a broken spirit drieth the bones" (Proverbs 17:22; see also Proverbs 15:13). How can we not afford to be kind to one another? Smiles and compliments take little time and energy. And for every smile we bring to someone's face, we also bring a smile to Christ's.

Challenge: Let's change this world one smile at a time!

Comments

Mrs. Sanchez said…
awwwwww. :)

ok, here is a corny poem that relates a little bit to smiling. I memorized it in high school and say it to my kiddos once in a while.

"Smiling is infectious,
You catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized that I'd passed it onto him.

So when you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick and get the world infected."

And then you've got to finish with a YAY!!!
Anonymous said…
Smile though your heart is aching-DAD
Anonymous said…
Interesting!

Smiles (Primary Song)

If you chance to meet a frown,
Do not let it stay.
Quickly turn it upside down
And smile that frown away.

No one likes a frowning face.
Change it for a smile.
Make the world a better place
By smiling all the while.
Mom
I love that movie about validation!

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