When I was still in high school, I used to work as a hostess at weddings to make some pocket money on the side. All you had to do was stand there and/or direct people to their table with a big smile.
Since it’s not the most challenging job in the world, we used to play a “game” where we had to make the people who were coming in smile.
So there we were, four or five girls smiling insistently at all the wedding guests just to have them smile back and hence gain points in our little game. And believe it or not, it worked 99% of the time. Unless you are really depressed, mad or crazy, it is almost impossible not to smile back to a person who is giving you the biggest smile they have.
Here’s a Ted talk (that I discovered through Marc) on the power and effects of smiling:
So smile and :
You can do so much, with so little.
This is one of the most important things I learned in scouts. We would be camping in the middle of the woods and would have to create or construct tools and other stuff, out of nothing.
Creativity and resourcefulness were key. And of course, the belief that “there must be a way!”. And armed with only that determination, we would do wonders with only a rope and a piece of wood.
When we were kids, my mom used to draw little smiley faces on the tip of our fingers. This process would take hours- including the drawing, our amazement, and the stories we would make up with those little characters.
No need for fancy puppets, no need for big TV screens, no need for endless games and dolls. All she used was our fingers and a pen.
I’m telling you: WONDERS.
Thanks Shauny for the link!!
Song of the day: Great cover of “Rivers of Babylon”- Sublime
Have a great day!