I sing all over the world and I love it. I love traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people. I especially enjoy using the power of music to deliver a positive message. A lot of the time it is difficult to communicate because of language barriers and customs. I don’t speak anything besides English so after I introduce myself, how can I begin to start a friendship?
Over the years, I have discovered a fashion trick that I use everywhere now. It’s my favorite thing to wear and I don’t leave home without it. It breaks the ice better than any handshake could ever do, it’s much more effective than any business card and it costs nothing. Have your guessed it yet? You’re right, it’s a smile.
I know it sounds so simple and it really is quite easy to do. A smile pays off in big ways. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to achieve an instant bond with someone I’ve just meet by sharing a smile with them. It creates openness, ease and helps not only me to relax but it’s also reciprocated. A smile gives encouragement without saying a word. Imagine – you can lift someone up and help them along the way instantaneously with your grin. Just like signing, a smile can lighten up anyone’s day. Try it!
The next time you’re tempted to rush along in life, pause, and force smile, it really can make a big difference in your life. There are health benefits – scientifically it’s proven that even a fake smile will give you endorphins! I’ll talk about the health benefits of smiling in the next issue. Until then – start smiling today and find JOY in your journey.