Yesterday, somebody on Twitter told me I had given them their first smile of the day.
That reminds me of an article I recently read from the Atlantic by Arthur C. Brooks, about how giving smiles to other people is very good for our own mental health:
That article recommends that we act like happy people — even when we’re not happy — to make ourselves happy and to spread happiness. Arthur C. Brooks suggests asking ourselves this question when we’re down: “What would a happy person do?” In other words, to fake it until we make it.
So, if I give you your first smile of the day even when I don’t feel like smiling, that’s good for both of us.
If what I’ve written so far hasn’t evoked the first smile of the day, perhaps one of these images will.
Perhaps this video of The Pat Metheny Group performing “First Circle” (with dancing parrots) will give you the first smile of the day.
Or, maybe this Weird Al video will elicit a first smile of the day:
What gave you the first smile of the day? I’ll smile if you comment, below.
Thanks to all who give me smiles throughout the day, including YOU!