If I had to choose one word to sum up my week, that would be it. Meh. A lot of good, a little bad, and a dash of stress and anxiety all rolled into 7 long days. I keep reminding myself to focus on the positive and smile, even when it’s hard. Thankfully, I have amazing people in my life that make it a little easier.
When I was in high school we had a seminar every year called “Breaking Down The Walls”. It was a 2-day assembly that focused on getting rid of the barriers between students and realizing that no one is perfect, we all have feelings, and we’re all special in our own way. Needless to say, it was awesome.
I got to attend my junior year and it was one of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had. There was one thing in-particular that has stuck with me since the moment I heard it…
Adults don’t smile enough.
The average kid smiles 400 times a day. The average adult? 20 times.
How sad is that? It breaks my heart to even think about. We should have a million reasons to smile every day but the majority of us rarely make it to 50. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that.
Life is never going to go according to plan. There will always be something to stress about, there will always be pessimistic people, and there will always be situations that are out of our control. But succumbing to the negativity that surrounds us will only make it more miserable. Positivity is a powerful thing and it can drastically change your perspective on the people and events in your life.
So, despite the personal issues I’ve been dealing with, I’m going to keep smiling. It’s not always easy and there are definitely times during the day where I can’t completely hold it together, but I’m going to make damn sure that I squeeze in WAY more than 20 smiles, no matter what the circumstances.
I challenge you to do the same thing. Surround yourself with happy people, get out of your head, and let yourself be silly. Then count how many times you smile. And remember, they’re contagious.
Here’s to smiling like it’s going out of style…