The Power Of Your Smile

The Power Of Your Smile – Use It! 

It was the day before the opening of the Rifle Deer Season in Northern Wisconsin…the time of year that men (and women) dream of bagging that trophy buck with one magnificent shot and having a lifetime of bragging rights as a result!


Part of this annual tradition involves gathering at various hunting cabins (or camps) in groups that can get quite large, and are always, always hungry…of course this means that the “camp” has to be stocked with lots of groceries to suit everyone’s tastes.


Poor timing on my part brought me to the local super market on this particular day.  The place was wall-to-wall with shoppers doing some early Thanksgiving shopping, regular Friday shoppers, and what seemed like hundreds of deer hunters preparing to stock their hunting camps with groceries for the coming week.


In just a few minutes of observation, it was apparent to me that no one was smiling…very few people were even speaking to each other.  Misery seemed to be the prevalent emotion in this place.  Yikes, could fights start breaking out?  Not good.


After negotiating the produce department I made a conscious decision to smile at, and greet every person I encountered for the duration of my little shopping trip. To my amazement, the vast majority of people not only returned my smile and greeting, but it seemed to me that many became more relaxed and less uptight!  I also got some “who’s the idiot” type looks.  Oh well, what the heck, this experience brought smiles to a few faces and certainly made me feel good!

 The next time you encounter someone who seems to be having a bad day, try the smile and simple greeting approach. You should be pleased with the result, and you will discover the power of your smile! 

Till next time.

All the best,



Published in: on November 19, 2007 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Your Happiness Begins And Ends With YOU!

Just exactly what is happiness anyway?  On Google you will find:

“A state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from

contentment to intense joy”;

“Emotions experienced when in a state of well-being”;

“Happiness is an emotional or affective state that is characterized by feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction.  As a state and a subject, it has been pursued and commented on extensively throughout world history.  This reflects the universal importance that humans place on happiness”.

When you are feeling happy, what exactly brought on the feeling?  Did you wake up feeling content, or were you feeling intense joy?  Did something you experienced during the day provoke feelings of happiness?  Was it something you did for someone else that made you feel happy?  Did someone else do something for, or to you that made you happy?

YOU have it within yourself to determine your state of happiness at any given time.  Call it your attitude, your feeling of self-esteem, the way you deal with your immediate environment and the people in it, or whether your overall approach to life is positive or negative.  The fact is, YOU and YOU alone can determine from within yourself what approach you will take to your life, and the relative level of contentment, joy and happiness you will experience!

What are your thoughts?

Till next time…



Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 3:06 pm  Leave a Comment