Today’s Tip: Smile
It seems silly, but a smile really can make all the difference. The difference to how you’re perceived in the workplace, at home, when out and about. It helps to smile at people. I don’t mean smile all the time, as that can make a person look a little deranged (there is a woman at my local train station who does that, it can be unnerving), but smile when you speak with someone.
I like to start my day by getting on the bus (if I catch the bus that day) and saying “Good morning!” to the driver with a big smile. When I get to work, I liked to greet each of my colleague with a smile. Just this simple thing can make my day, and others, a whole lot nicer, especially if I’m in a bad mood.
Smile though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by, if you smile, through your fear and sorrow. Smile, and there’ll be tomorrow. You’ll see the sun come shining through, If you’ll just light up your face with gladness. Hide every trace of sadness. Although a tear, may be ever so near. That’s the time, you must keep on trying. Smile, what’s the use of crying? You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, If you’ll just… Smile.”
Note: Lyrics are from Smile by Judy Garland. I have posted about this song previously, and you can listen to it here.
Edit (20/1/11): “Smile” is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, while John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile. “Smile” has become a popular standard since its original use in Chaplin’s film. The song was originally sung by Nat King Cole, charted in 1954.
My favourite version, however, is by Judy Garland because her voice always makes me cry.