I love the original Annie musical movie! A smile can change the course of the day for yourself and someone else in an instant! I couldn’t agree more with this song that the one thing that makes an outfit complete is your smile. 🙂
I found a news article published by NBC News that states, “The fact is, as Dr. Isha Gupta a neurologist from IGEA Brain and Spine explains, a smile spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain hormones including dopamine and serotonin. “Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and aggression,” says Dr. Gupta. “Low levels of dopamine are also associated with depression.”” Fake it until you make it!
That being said, today I went to an outdoor mall with my kids and mom. Now, I have a beast of a F150 truck, I understand this, and with the 6” lift, it has about a negative turn radius which translates into me looking slightly less than an experienced driver when trying to park. I prepare as best as I possibly can and swing it as wide as the mouth of the Amazon river and still end up having to do an embarrassing amount of adjustments with forward and reverse to maneuver it successfully in between the lines. Today, I was all smiles laughing at myself, as I usually do, as I began the laborious task of parking, when I noticed a woman pausing for these graceful parking skills of mine before she attempted to cross the lot. Instead of beginning my task, causing her to have to wait, I stopped and waved her on with a smile on my face. With zero expression in her face and zero acknowledgment of my gesture, she walked on. I was like ooooookkkkaaaaay to my mom and we both chuckled as she noticed the same thing and I said well I hope her day gets better in my silly Sid the sloth voice that’s a fav of my kids. By now I’m on the third attempt and I see another woman get close and I thought she too was trying to get past the beast to cross the parking lot. Nope. I was wrong. She grumpily let me know that her vehicle was in fact the one parked right next to me so she couldn’t be waved on and while I was all smiles, her facial expressions and hand gestures were telling me that I was an idiot and she had grave concern that I was going to hit her prized Volvo SUV. I proved her wrong and pulled in before she pulled off and I looked over to her to see if she would smile yet since her SUV came out unscathed, but nope, nothing, she was stone faced. She ultimately had to stop for another vehicle before finally speeding off. I chuckled again and said, well, I’m running into some bad moods today. I hope her day gets better also. While I may look like someone with little to zero driving experience when parking that thing, I am actually quite competent albeit the length of time it takes to happen, I get there. Me parking my truck is like great art or fine wine. It takes time to create a masterpiece. 😛
I was almost getting a complex at this point, but I refused to cave when all of a sudden as we’re finally all set and strolling in the mall, an older gentleman sees me and with a huge smile on his face and much enthusiasm, he says, is Spring ever going to come?! With an equally as large a smile, I replied, “I’m not so sure anymore!” Yay! Someone smiled.
Next up is Chic Fil A, another older gentleman approached our table all smiles and began chatting with my daughter about how cold it was to be eating ice cream. He is a HUGE fan of their ice cream and wanted to share with us this love for it. He left saying God Bless and told us to have a nice day. Yay! Another smile and act of kindness.
Now, I am not sure what was going on with those two women, but I refuse to judge them as they could be going through something and I just happened to get caught in the cross hairs. I laughed it off and genuinely hoped for them to have a better day. Then God sent me the two older gentleman to restore my faith in this trip to the mall! It was a great day! 😊
“It’s what you wear from ear to ear, and not from head to toe” ~Annie Soundtrack, 1977, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile