November 21st is “World Hello Day.” To participate we’re invited to say “HELLO” to at least 10 people we’ve never spoken to before–on the street, in the store, at the office–anywhere and everywhere!
So, get ready, get friendly, and say “HELLO!” And say it with a smile! Let’s face it, a smile increases your face value. We can use that to advantage, at home and in public.
If a smile is hard to conjure up, then practice. Look in the mirror. What do you see? A blah, nothing’s-there expression? A frown? There’s a song my children sing when they’re down–or when I’m down. It goes: “If you chance to meet a frown, do not let it stay. Quickly turn it upside down and smile that frown away.”
It works! And better yet, a smile all day keeps the doctor away. You’d better believe it. Research reveals that laughter could play an important part in healing–possibly even the prevention of disease. And who needs to be sick!
Laughter lessens tension, anxiety, and depression. Worries and fears are all but forgotten–at least for awhile; and mountains become molehills that we can tackle and conquer.
If you’re too tired to raise the corners of your mouth, then at least let the middle droop a little. Then square those shoulders, lift that chin and grin! Take it all the way to a good giggle or guffaw!
Walk around the room, pat the couch, knock on wood and give out with a hearty, “Hello chair!” “How are ya, lamp?” And grin as you go.
Sounds silly? You bet it is. But it’s good practice and it feels great. If you didn’t feel happy before, you will now–slap happy, if nothing else!
Then stride out–you know how–with an attitude of “Hello world, here I come!” Flash that smile and say “Hello” to friends, to colleagues and clients. Say “Hello” to people you’ve never spoken to before–to some unsuspecting stranger, to the cross lady in the corner store, to an old man, to a mother with a bunch of kids to care for, to the postman, to someone who you’d like to be a special someone–and who knows who else. You decide.
Try it. And just watch their reactions. It’s great fun. And when you meet someone without a smile, give him one of yours.
November 21st, “World Hello Day.” It’s a special day and a dress-up day. So remember my bottom line, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”