Smile & Hello!

This week I've been working a booth at a famous custom car show. Instead of paying for a cab, I've decided to walk the 3 miles from my hotel to the convention center where the show is held.

I mention this because the past couple of mornings I have noticed all sorts of people during my walk. Old, young, rich, poor. All of these people seem to have one thing in common - they are all in their own little world. Some are listening to their music, others just don't notice me walking by at all. So this morning I decided to try a little experiment during my walk. Everyone that I encountered I simply made eye contact and said, "Good morning." I was surprised by how many people passed by, ignoring my greeting all together. A few mumbled something but still did not make eye contact. However, a few people looked at me, smiled, and replied with a greeting of their own.

At the end of my walk I felt energized, because of the few people who simply smiled and said hello back. They may not know it, but they helped to kick-start my day and I hope I did the same for them. A simple smile and hello can make a difference in the lives of those around us. Scientists tell us that the simple act of smiling releases special chemicals in our brains that make us feel better - even if the smile is fake! Today, make someone's day with a smile and "hello"!

Proverbs 15:30 "A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health."

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