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If you don’t have a smile, i’l give you one of mine! :)

Credits:Billy Frank Alexander

I had a smile, I gave my smile away

The milkman and the postman enjoyed it every day

I took it to the shop, I had it on the street

I gave it without thinking, to all I chanced to meet

I gave my smile away, as thoughtless

Ever thought why we humans are blessed with a gift of a smile?Smile is a response to a stimuli, your body sometimes automatically generates it and a smile comes naturally and spontaneously.Also at times we feel something is funny or beautiful and we pass a smile willingly.Smile detoxifys our hearts, emotions, thoughts as well as our biological system.

Science proves that smile releases essential hormones in the bloodstream called endorphins and T-cells.A natural feeling of well-being comes with the release of these hormones and all kinds of stress and depression is gone with the wind.Also, smile is a catharsis for our emotional stress.


We are not blessed with the art and science of smiling only…..this world is full of reasons to smile.Nature has so much to offer, beauty of the sunshine, clouds drifting by, raindrops, rainbows, flowers,waterfalls, greenery growing even at the most unexpected places, colors, trees swaying in the wind with leaves blowing everywhere in autumn, feeling the breeze blowing gently, birds chirping, the young ones of animals with their innocent looks, beautiful peacocks, butterflies, babies with their cute looks and gestures, a moonlight starry night sky…….There’s beauty everywhere, and they generate notions for beaming 🙂

Credits:Hagit Berkovich

I am always so inclined to smiling when i look at kids.They smile unconditionally. Tickle them and they chuckle, catch a glimpse of them when they are watching their favourite cartoons or playing with their favourite toy…they are so excited, faces all lit up with smiles, their eyes are so full of amazement seems they’ll pop right out and fall on the floor!They get so amused whenever something makes them pleased and smile wholeheartedly whenever they find a thing worthy of appreciation.Even a few animals have such smiley faces,although they can’t smile.Look at the bottlenose dolphins, they are such lovely treat to watch, seems they are passing you a smile!But, we must always remember, that the smile of our kids will be strengthened by our own, because they always look upto us, and we need to practice it ourselves more often, as i read somewhere a beautiful quote:

“Children learn to smile from their parents”. Shinichi Suzuki


We can also trigger reasons to smile!I do know a few people i met in my life, which hardly smile, infact i can declare without hesitation that they may never had smiled in all their lives…which reminds me of a Russian fairytale i read as a child, of a princess who NEVER smiled, and how one day she saw an ordinary man passing under her window falling in a puddle of mud and started laughing loud.It takes a jiffy to smile, we just need to be sincere enough to feel happy, because it is happiness which initiates a sunshine smile on our faces.Even the craziest things can bring a smile on someone’s face, even an incident!

If we notice, most of us are more often gloomy and sad, as compared to being cheerful or happy.What we don’t know is that it is a sign of psychological disorders!If that’s so, majority of people living on this earth are moving towards serious psychological problems, and they don’t even know it.Solution, however is in our own hands, but some of us are weak emotionally and they can’t fight it out.Most of them carry artificial smiles and they think they fool the world, infact they fool themselves.They should understand how smile or laughter invigorates us.The strength, is always within our grasp!

“Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval”. Thomas S. Monson

We are becoming more and more eccentric i feel.The focus of our attention becomes the melancholy in our lives, in the lives of others, all around this world.We are also creating more and more miseries in this world.All of these factors make us loose our focus from the small teeny weeny good things in life, everybody experiences them but doesn’t consider them worthy of our consideration.We need to make those small moments of joy the highlights of our life, and if others don’t give us reasons to be happy for, we can always create them.

“And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Credits:Billy Frank Alexander

Nobody can deprive us from our share of ecstacy!We can never let others deprive us of what is ours, we need to obtain happiness, and than share it with others who need it.Let those people know that they can never come in the way of the sun!Sunshine will reach everywhere, and lit all faces with beaming smiles.

“Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears.”        Anonymous

Doing what makes us happy gives us satisfaction and pleasure to smile.We can sing or dance in the rain, listen to good music,read interesting books, watch comedy movies, create some piece of art, bake a cake, cook a meal for our family, travel, recalling good memories…..we don’t usually take out much time for doing something everyday which truly is for our sakes and which makes us feel good.Instead, most of us are entangled with our daily routines, doing things which please others.We need to do things for us everyday, so that it pumps us with pleasure and enjoyment, to last throughout.Only then we can do things selflessly for others, and complete our daily chores and tasks without considering them a load or excess baggage.


Being gracious also makes us happy.Feeding the birds or the ducks in the pond, helping an elderly cross the street, Sharing ur umbrella with some one in need on a rainy day, making someone feel good about themselves, taking out time for others and sharing it with them, giving a candy to a little kid who’s crying for some reason, any act of goodness which gives a sense of peace and gratification, a delightful experience which keeps us glad and raises our spirits.If we feel a sense of accomplishment, it certainly generates plenty of booming smiles…

How many of us are happy with life and what it has to offer?There are heaps of dis-satisfaction within all of us, with our lives and the way they are going.We need to remember that life is an amalgamation of both light and darknesss, the sun doesn’t shine all the time, the clouds do come up, but we can always hurl them away:

“After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.”             William R. Alger

“Remember even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show its face and smile back at you.”            Anna Lee

Credits:Lynne Lancaster

Have we ever thought to be thankful to one and all who are responsible for this world, this life and everything that’s in it?The answer of majority will be no.We just expect and want everyone to meet our expectations, but we never really are thankful to those who meet them.It’s time to be gracious – to God first of all, who has blessed us with life, our parents who bring us into this world and raise us with care and love, our homelands for giving us identity, our siblings, better half’s, friends and even kids,who brighten up our lives.We have so much to be thankful for and happy about!Life is full of smiles, we just need to grab them and stick them on our faces, feeling and experiencing them from the depths of our hearts.

There is alot of negativity within humans, we are not considerate and kind towards others.The more goodness encompasses us, the more we will be happy, and the more happiness we can spread around.

“It is almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside.”           Unknown

Also, without making happiness available to all the rest of the world, what do we have to glanceupon and smile?There are many deprived, under priviledged in this world.Without showing empathy towards them, we can only frown:

“Let him who expects one class of society to prosper into highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side of his face can smile while the other is pinched. Try whether.”            Thomas Fuller 

Credits:Marja Flick Buijs @http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mK44e8c/

Life is all flamboyant, adorned with needed joys and knitted carefully with beauty to rejoice.Because, we need to uplift our broken hearts and weary spirits after agony – all those dull moments in our lives deserve smiles even more.What’s the use of the capacity to chirk up, if we don’t amidst sorrow?

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief”.          

William Shakespeare (Othello)

So…where’s that good old Mona Lisa smile of our’s, hmmm have to find it here somewhere! Let’s Smile ….. a while, to become as happy as a clam, face the troubles in life with a big bright smile, let’s show this world that we are humans who are blessed with the strength and purpose to smile, and we will definately do so!May we all be surrounded by happiness as long as we live, and may we carry it and spread it where ever we go!Let’s achieve Euphoria!

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. “

Quoted in Movie ‘P.S. I Love You’, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I leave you with a few scenes of one of my favorite comedian, and a wonderful human being, who chose the best purpose for  his life, donating his time and efforts to charity, and Cracking up all of us with gales of laughter and leaving us with grins ear to ear!This is a tribute to you – Jerry Lewis! Enjoy your weekends with this dose of unlimited solace and laughter……

Jerry Lewis:The Disorderly Orderly

Jerry Lewis:Hardly Working

Jerry Lewis:Cracking Up

Fortune Favors the Brave

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”  Tom Krause

Life is beautiful, look around and you see beauty, happiness, smiles, rainbows, flowers, radiance,warmth!There are so many things waiting out there to seek our attention.But……our hearts and emotions are so much entangled in sulking over the shortcomings and burdens of life that they hardly find the time to look around and absorb all the energy around us which gives us the courage to face the hardships of our lives.

Not all of us are strong physically and emotionally.But we can always acquire it from others.Yes, strength and courage always comes from within, but generated from around us.Have you ever noticed ants?One day many years ago, i was sitting in my lounge reading a book, when i suddenly noticed a few ants dragging a vertical piece of food, into a really small horizontal hole in the wall, i got interested as i knew its never gonna go throught that hole.I closed the book and watched them closely.It took a group of them to take it close to the hole, it didn’t went through as i knew, but they kept on pushing it inside.I know they didn’t had the intelligence to break it and take it through bit by bit, but they didn’t stop believing in themselves.They were strong enough to go on and hope that it will happen eventually, even when it couldn’t!

Credits:Claudia Cristina Mesa P

There are thousands of events and things happening around us which i consider a signal of God, they happen at specific times just to make us realize what we should be doing.We look around and find things and people full of courage, not letting go easily, believing in their strength.These situations are a source of inspiration, and energy, and they occur so that we absorb that energy and gain strength in OUR lives to become enduring, survive all the storms and stand out.

Another source of power are the people in our lives who depend on us, and our loved ones.Whenever we think about being tired of fighting it out, we look around us and find them looking at us with hope in their eyes.It becomes impossible to abandon them.All of us should be thankful for all the love and loved ones in our lives, cause they are the ones which make us wanna keep on going.

Strength is what helps us fight short-comings and hazards.We need strength to face life with all of it’s difficulties and challenges.It is courage with the help of which we face life, and courage helps us to take the necessary risks in life,to take chances, to survive the tempest.Therefore both are essential.Strength is needed to attempt the impossible, and courage is needed to survive it.

How we develop courage and strength?When we are put through tests by life , we are involved in situations involving sorrow, setbacks, defeats, loss, trauma, we are constrained to face them.Have you all ever seen how a bird teaches her young ones how to fly?Flying is in their instincts, and nature has blessed them with the necessary parts to do so – wings!Similarly, i feel humans have courage and strength in their instincts. It’s already there somewhere, they simply need to find it and practice it.An Eagle first pushes its eaglets out of the nest, they try to flutter their wings and fly right back into it.Next, it pushes them from the edge of the cliff, and they spread there wings fluttering them vigourously.Some hit the ground hard and even die, some achieve perfection.Same goes for humans.We have strength but we need to gather it, find it, practice it during tough times.All the birds can fly, but only a few fly during storms and eagles are one of them.During storm, wind pressure thrusts their wings and they fly easily without much effort, soaring high above the clouds.Not all of us are eagles, but we can use our strength and intelligence to become one. Therefore, it implies, that although life is the one which puts us through difficulties, it also gives us the necessary strength to face them.Our beliefs, morals, values, aims, ambitions, dreams, vision, behaviour, intelligence,thoughts all contribute to acquiring strength.If we are able to find the strength within, we achieve excellence!Then we are ready to be pushed off any cliff, for we have acquired the art of flying and the rest is easy.To be aware of what we are, to stickwith it,and forbeing yourself, you need courage.To own up to your mistakes, drawbacks and weaknesses again courage is required.

Once we adorn us with bravery, it’s time to sow it around us.Words are the greatest form of strength, because they creep inside our hearts and minds and stay there forever.Whenever we are weak at the knees, we can peep inside and recharge us with valor.When we come across anyone who’s torn apart and needs courage to pick up pieces and reunite them, we should make them realize their strength, how they have faced dissappointments and grievances in the past, and that they have every potential to do it again.Give them examples of people who have successfully done it, give them books with courageous characters facing difficulties and yet not crumbling.Read to them motivational verses and poetry, share with them your own experiences when you came across catastrophe’s and the overcoming of it.Instill them with truth, cause truth gives rise to courage.The more true we are to ourselves and others, the more courage we have to face the adversaries and troubles in life.Always use words like “I can/You can/I will/You will” to become gallant and make others bold too.All of these little acts which don’t take much time and effort can cause immense amount of change in our life and in the lives of others.Courage is essential in eradicating the wrong, unfair, and negative social and global practices like discrimination, deprevation from basic civil and human rights, injustice, greed, corruption etc and to stand up and speak for them.It demands courage to stand for others and their rights.

This world is loaded with under-priviledged, down and out, surrounded with misery and loss, had few or no oppourtunities coming their way, but we see them everyday, surviving Life!They make life proud, and are a slap in the face of hardships.There are people who don’t have what we are blessed with,and still they don’t complain.That’s actually remarkable!They remain unnoticed throughout there lives, and yet are so inspiring, appreciatable!They cultivate strength and courage, and lead from the front!
Amongst those famous, there are many, like the influential iconic hero, Martin Luther King Jr., The revolutionary leader who fought till his death for the rights of African American people.His quote:”Long, Not Long!”, and his visionary speech “I have a dream” did and said it all, so much so that even after his death, his movement went on to suceed it objectives.There is Mother Teresa,a Nun and famous for her huge charity works.She once quoted:”Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”.Another such story of courage and inspiration is the life of Helen Keller (1880-1968).I have always been so inspired by her, because she makes us humans so proud with her strong character.Her life, how she survived it, the people in her life who helped her, her writings all are a beacon of hope.I simply love one of her quotes:

“Keep your face towards the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”

Credits:Cathy Snider

That’s what sunflowers do.They always hold their head high and look towards the sun,face to face, because it is there source of energy, and darkness falls behind them not infront.That’s why they are one of my favourite flowers, because they motivate me.They always remind me to stand strong and give me courage and hope.And they even look quite like the sun too.

Put a bunch in a vase, or grow in your garden or backyard and observe for yourself how they bring you and many others to life.Give it to all those who need strength and hope!

In the end i would tell you how the strength and preservance of the ants triggered compassion?I went on to help them.I took their food, pressed it inside the hole, and the ants did the rest themselves.It made me feel so relieved that day, a day which is spent with a little compassion spread around gives you huge amounts of self-satisfaction!

Here’s are two beautiful poems about courage, both by unknown poets.I hope you derive your share of courage through them:

It Takes Courage by Anonymous

It takes strength to be firm, it takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to conquer, it takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain, it takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in, it takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain, it takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to endure abuse, it takes courage to stop it.


It Takes Courage Again by Anonymous

It takes courage
To refrain from gossip
When others delight in it,
To stand up for the absent person
Who is being abused.

It takes courage
To live honestly
Within your means,
And not dishonestly
On the means of others.

It takes courage
To be a REAL man or a TRUE woman,
To hold fast to your ideals
When it causes you
To be looked upon
As strange and peculiar.

It takes courage
To be talked about,
And remain silent,
When a word would justify you
In the eyes of others,
But which you dare not speak
Because it would injure another.

It takes courage
To refuse to do something
That is wrong
Although everyone else
May be doing it
With attitudes as carefree
As a summer song.

It takes courage
To live according
To your own convictions,
To deny yourself
What you cannot afford.
To love your neighbor
As yourself!