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…