“A smile is the shortest distance between two people.” -Victor Borge
Today as I was finishing up the rough draft of my childhood story, and it ends with me marrying Tom. I remember being so happy and smiling so much that my jaw hurt at the end of that day. I never had much to smile about growing up, so I guess my smile muscles weren’t in very good condition to withstand a whole day of being in the upward position. Contrary to myth it is rooted in science that it takes more muscles to smile then frown. Smiling is not a learned behavior. We smile easily when we connect with others or things that make us happy. No one could ever convince me that when my infant babies smiled at me for the first time that it was because they had gas. They knew I was their Mom instinctively, and that made them feel good inside, and instantly a smile popped on their little face. What a beautiful feeling to know that you have made someone else smile. I gave it a practice one time when I was walking to work. I decided that I’d look each person in the eyes as we crossed paths and say hello with a smile. Faces spaced out and focused on where their going or looking at the ground lit up like a flower opening into a fast bloom. So, a smile is the shortest distance between two people, and it ignites a good feeling in everyone it touches. Amazing don’t you think?