Last week was the first of the new and improved Weekly Smile! Check out the fresh new variety of sizes and colors. Wait, wait, wait, this isn’t an old ad, is it? ;) We had a great turn out, which made me smile. I was little surprised since it was the first one, but not too surprised since it was actually the 89th smile, just with a 55 week pause in the middle. Click here if you didn’t see the recap.
I have a lot to smile about this week, so it is hard to chose just one.
This was my first long weekend back on Cape Cod after over a month away, so that is great. But I often felt that too many of my Smiles in the past were “I was on the Cape this weekend…” so I want to try something else.
I live in a small town in New Hampshire. I have actually been in this town for 25 years! I know a lot of people, yet I don’t. One of my friends in town has only lived here for two years, yet it seems like she knows everyone. She invited me to a party last night. A triple, progressive party. No politics where involved! We started at one house for appetizers, progressed to another for the main course and then to a third for dessert.
It was nice.
Everyone was from the small town, most neighbors of the three hosts. There were a handful of people I see relatively often. And then another handful that I know but don’t see very often. I had never met over half of the people at this party.
I’m an ultra-introvert and a tad shy, so not the biggest socializer in the world. I’ll admit that most of the time I would rather sit at home and read a good book. Or write one, though it is up to you to decided if it is “good book” or not ;) All of that being said, introvert aside, this was good. It was nice talking to people that I hadn’t seen in years. Also nice to make some new friends. Everyone was friendly. A lot of the people didn’t know each other, so I wasn’t alone there. And picking two random people and placing them together, I bet you can find something in common for them to talk about.
So I spent the evening chatting and socializing.
And not a single word about politics was heard, progressive or otherwise.
So my Smile this week is getting an old introvert out of the house to socialize all Sunday evening and meet a lot of new people :)
What did you smile about?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than the huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one). You can post any time until next Sunday evening. Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)
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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”