Daily Prompt: The Little Things

Shiny smile

Shiny smile by Takashi Hososhima, CC-BY-SA-2.0

One of the things I love and defines my world but is often overlooked is a smile. If eyes are the windows to the soul, and hugs warm the heart, a smile unlocks doors, and melts the ice between strangers who may not even speak the same language.

Smiles bridge generation gaps, and ignore political differences. A smile that is warmly and genuinely given can boost moods and make you feel good inside in a way that money or tangible items can’t. A smile makes one less cynical, and more like a child, who can still express joy and wonder at the simple things in a complicated world.

Smiles between those who truly understand each other can be cheeky and conspiratorial. Smiles can happen anywhere; over a joke, a shared meal, at a party, at a picnic during summertime fireworks, or a sports stadium. Smiles are a rainy day pick-me-up. Smiles are truer than words, and smiles that touch the eyes do not lie. Smiles can lead to merriment and laughter, and the promise of things positive and greater.


smile (photo credit: Giuliamar / PixaBay)

Smiles celebrate milestones and celebrations like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, babies, new careers, families, and holidays. Smiles are reciprocal; when you give a smile, you get a smile back, because you’ve made someone else’s day, including yours, even if in a small or the smallest of ways.

It takes far fewer muscles to smile than to frown. Smiles are free, and there is no minimum quota or maximum on them — you can give as many smiles as you like! Smiles should be my New Year’s resolution, all year long.


2 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: The Little Things

  1. A smile brightens the day of those who feel ignored and hidden from the eyes of the world.
    A smile says I care that you are here.


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