Celebrating Community: How Do You Share Happiness?
I’m writing this post as part of Pavarti K. Tyler’s fantastic Celebrating Community Blog Hop, which has looked at everything from what community means, to favourite recipes, to community/family snaps. Today, it’s all about sharing happiness.
How Do You Share Happiness?
For me the most effective way of sharing happiness has always been one simple action: smiling. I’ve been told off for smiling too much. My parents worried when they saw me smiling/waving at passing cars:
“Please tell us you don’t do that when you’re on your own?”
“Yes, I like waving and smiling at people.”
Well, sadly we live in a world where it’s nice to share a smile but perhaps not entirely appropriate to do it on every occasion.
A former boyfriend:
“Why did you smile at that man on the bus? Did you know him?”
“No – I just like to smile at people. It spreads a little joy.”
“There are people who could take that completely the wrong way!”
My habit of smiling at people as they board a bus has not been broken I’m afraid!
The truth is, a smile connects people; however briefly, two people share something uncomplicated, a moment of happiness. You may never see that person again but for a fraction of a second, their life was a little brighter. Who knows – you might have turned around a bad day. You might have made someone realise they weren’t alone.
Or you might just be the strange lady on the bus, always smiling, smiling, smiling…
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