Lady, Can You Spare a Smile?

Smile every chance you get. Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.

~ Mark and Angel Hack Life blog.

When was the last time you smiled in gratitude? When you CONSCIOUSLY were grateful for things in your life?

Seriously. How long has it been?

Like my clients and me, you probably have been taking life a bit too seriously. I know I often lean toward the, “It’s all SO important” world view.And, I tend to concentrate on the negative and the things I don’t have.

How about you? Be honest with yourself here.

So, stop for a moment.  Ask yourself these questions:

Are you living in poverty?
Do you have easy access to running water?
Do you often go to bed hungry?
Do you have clothes to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer?
Can you rely on electricity being available when you turn on a light?

Etc., etc., etc.

Uh-huh. Like me, your life’s probably not so bad with this perspective. It’s so easy to get sucked in to “poor ole me” thinking.

Sure we’ve all got problems, and sometimes we don’t get what we want. But truly, how bad is it—really?

I am consciously choosing to focus on what is going well for me in my life, the many bountiful riches.  Smilin’ and lovin’ every minute at what I DO have in my life!

How ’bout you?

 

Your Call to Action

Challenge yourself to smile in gratitude at least twice an hour during the upcoming week. What do you notice changes? What surprised you? Then check in on your perspective of your life. What’s different as a result of this exercise?

 

 

Comments

Lady, Can You Spare a Smile? — 6 Comments

  1. So true. We all have so much to be grateful for if we’ll take a minute and think about it.

  2. I’ve been smiling so much more today. And, I plan to do a gratitude list before I fall asleep tonight.

  3. I have been reminding myself that you can choose to be happy. This post went right along with that idea. I even forwarded it to my daughter.

    • Isn’t it amazing that choosing to be happy can make such a difference in our lives? When I start to feel myself spiral downward, I can make a conscious choice to change my attitude. Works like a charm, every time!