All throughout my junior high years, like most teenagers, I was somewhat awkward and self-conscious. Despite this, I learned quickly the power contained in even the smallest smile and how it could open many doors. Doors that would otherwise remain closed to those who are
of a constant melancholy countenance. Smiling enabled me to meet new people everywhere I went. It even allowed me to catch the eye of that cute brunette girl that I passed everyday on the way to my 4th period algebra class. Smiling became my weapon of mass delight. I didn’t
even have to mutter a word to make a passing stranger smile from ear to ear, and I truly enjoyed that.
I also began to notice that every task I performed was that much more enjoyable if I did it while smiling. When I smile at strangers that I pass on the street they will, more often than not, smile right back at me. I knew I enjoyed always having a smile on my face and sharing these smiles with everyone that I met became one of my favorite activities. Through observation I soon discovered that smiles are more contagious than the black plague and definitely a lot more fun! All I needed to do was plant the first smile and the smiles would grow and spread from person to person throughout the day like an uncontrollable fire.
I generally always have a smile on wherever I go. I find that even if I am not in the most cheerful of moods, a smile caught from someone else will always lift my spirits. If I suspect that someone I meet is having a bad day I will often just give them a great big smile. It’s the least I can do to help brighten their day, especially if I have never met them before. I believe that smiling is a very healthy and natural thing for people to do. I have learned from many
experiences that smiling allows me to retain a positive and optimistic attitude even in extremely gloomy circumstances. Smiles are one of the most universal gestures that I know of. Wherever you go in the world people will be affected by a smile and they will know what it means. There is no explanation required.
I see smiling as one of the simplest and best gifts to give, and one of my favorite to receive. To this day I can’t help but return the favor whenever someone smiles at me, regardless of whether or not I know who they are or where they are from. I almost always go so far as to pass it along to the next few people that I come into contact with as well. Thereby spreading this most happy and enjoyable infection. I believe in smiling because sometimes the smallest gesture can go the furthest distance.