"Smile, and the whole world smiles with you. Cry, and you cry alone." I don't know who said that, but I like it because it is true. Everyone wants to be around a happy person. A couple of weeks ago, I created a facebook page called "Be Happy", and it has 84 "likes". People like to see us smile and laugh. It relieves stress....theirs and ours. Joel Osteen says, "If you have a sense of humor and you laugh regularly, your mind lights up.....As a result, your problem-solving skills are increased."
I've found this to be true when I am teaching my students. I was trained back in the day by someone who told me not to smile at my students until Christmas. Now, that is some bad advice. Since I am retired, I sub every day so I greet my students with a smile. When I taught full time, it took me a few years to realize that I needed to have fun with the kids and make learning fun. Once I started doing that, I loved my job. I wish I would have known from the get-go that smiling helps with bonding and drawing students to me. I was taught not to be friends with my students, but guess what? When I became friendly, I got a lot more work out of my students. It's not good for us, or those we teach, to be serious all the time. A smile brings down the walls and makes us accessible.
My grandkids make me smile. My little baby Rosie laughs a lot. It's contagious. Her mom sends me videos and I post them on face book. It brings me such joy. Job 8:21 says, "He will yet fill your mouth with laughter." This is so healing. It cures what ails me.
Love and Light,