Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like to

Hyun Jin - Salem, Oregon
Entered on December 11, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like to

A smile costs nothing but it gives much. Mother Teresa said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person.” At one time in my life, I did not practice smiling. My facial expressions spoke another language to people and it caused me grief. Then, a big event happened and I have learned from it. I learned how to smile.

One day in the classroom, my teacher suddenly and sternly questioned me why I get mad at her. Perplexed, I thought, “Sitting here and listening to her makes her think I am mad? I never say anything to her at all?” I finally and humbly responded that I never have had any bad feelings towards her. However, due to my blunt facial expression, she indicated that I looked upset.

When I arrived home, I told my mom about the incident. Understanding, my mom started talking about her childhood. “Just like you, my teacher pointed out the exact same thing. My facial expressions speak another message unless I smile. Since that day, I look in the mirror and teach myself to smile naturally. That smile has brought me huge changes.” I cannot imagine my mom without smiling. Our church members call her, “a smiling endorphin” because her smile makes them smile and she never has trouble keeping relationships with others.

This event taught me I need to smile. I do not want people for that matter looking at me and wondering why I am mad. I want them to see me as a friendly person. I want them to see my outside and know what is inside of me. Smiling may sound so simple, but for me, it communicates the outside picture of my character and identifies the real characteristics of Chloe Kim.

Smiling is not always easy, especially when I need to smile disregarding my mood. However, by practicing smiling, eventually, smiling makes me happy or at least helps me feel better. Smiling means thinking in a positive way.

Once, I could not put a shiny smile on my face because I thought if I did, People would recognize me as faking in their eyes. But I changed my thought and started to put a smile on my face. Even though it was awkward to do it at the start, I soon had a real smile. That “fake” smile led me to think about happy memories that led to genuine smiles.

Just like my mom’s life, smiling has made my life more blessed. I have become way more positive towards everything. I see my life as a happy one and as a way to always give thanks to God.

Mom knows everything and she never gets anything wrong. If I keep any advice from mom and follow it, I can never go wrong.

Smile even when you don’t feel like to. Smile brings you happiness.