Guest post by Laura, Crafting My Retirement
I am grateful to Janis for inviting me to write a guest post for her GratiTuesday blog segment. Janis is an amazing blogger who every Tuesday posts about the things in her life for which she is grateful. From family and friends, to a beautiful day at the beach, to people and organizations who are making a difference in the world, Janis’ blog and accompanying photographs are both beautiful and thought-provoking.
I’m also grateful to my family and friends who have allowed me to use their smiles in the “Smile of the Week” portion of my blog.
The Smile of the Week is an extension of my Smiles are Contagious campaign.
Last August, I attended a graduation party for several of my work friends. Knowing I’d be retiring soon, I brought my camera along to take photos of my friends so I would have memories of those people who mean so much to me.
That evening, as I reviewed the photographs, all I could see was their beautiful smiles. Joy and happiness lit up my computer screen. I realized I was smiling back at them as I scrolled through the pictures. I went through the photos several times and each time, I couldn’t help but smile back. It dawned on me, smiles are contagious.
Reflecting further on the day, something very special began to emerge. In this small gathering of friends, smiles from nine different countries were represented. Smiles are not only contagious; smiles break down cultural barriers and bring us closer together. The gift of a smile is universal.
Thus, began the Smiles are Contagious campaign. I wrote about them, started signing off my work emails and my blog posts with the quote; “Smiles are contagious; let’s start an epidemic.” Then, I took it to the streets, smiling at people in the gym, the grocery store and parking lots. I got a few strange looks, but mostly was gifted with a return smile.
Smiles are welcoming
Smiles are heartwarming
Smiles are life-changing
Smiles are beautiful
Smiles are healing
Smiles are a gift for both the giver and the receiver
Smiles are unique.
From the Cheshire Cat to the Mona Lisa and every smile in-between, each is different. Whether dimpled, shy, toothy, captivating, radiant, playful, or crooked, all smiles are capable of changing the world. I am grateful for yours.
Smiles are contagious; let’s start an epidemic
Thank you, Laura, for sharing your GratiTuesday guest post with us! I love that you started a personal campaign to promote smiles. I think we can all get behind that!
For those of you who haven’t yet discovered Laura’s blog, you are in for a treat. Although she is relatively new to both blogging and retirement, it’s obvious that she has both well in hand.
Please stop by next Tuesday when Lynn from An Encore Voyage shares her gratitude.