By B. Chase Wall

Everyone struggles with bad days every now and then. May it’s caused by stress or because something has gone wrong, or even simply because things are not going the way they thought they would. Unfortunately, bad days simply seem to be a part of life, much as we all wish they were not. Luckily, though, there is something that every single person can do to ease a bad day. Even if you may not know that someone is having a bad day, you can still help by doing one thing: just smile. Smile at every person you see, and you’re bound to help someone!

People often forget how much the simple things in life can impact others. A simple smile really can help someone to have a better day, even if their day is not even going that badly. I know when I am starting to feel stressed out, I instantly feel better when someone smiles at me. I do not know what it is, but a genuine smile goes a long way! Maybe smiles are one of those contagious things, like a yawn, or maybe it just makes a person feel better if someone looks happy to see them, even if they are complete strangers.

So, if you are looking for a way to help make this world a better place, simply smile at the people around you. Smile at your coworkers when you come into work, give a smile to your family and friends when you see them. You honestly never will know when you could be turning their day around completely with that grin. It does not take a lot of effort, and it is not even something that you have to go out of your way to do. Smiling should be something we do naturally, and I hope that people do take this to heart and realize how much good they can do in the world simply by smiling at a stranger when they walk by them. 

Some people may believe that there is more bad in this world than good, but honestly, I think there is a lot of good in this world. Sometimes we do have to create this good and not just wait for someone else to do so. One way to create more good in this world, and to start outweighing the bad, is to just offer someone a smile; you do not have to wait for someone to smile at you first; start the movement yourself. Just acknowledging the presence of the people around you with a smile on your face can definitely make this world a better place.

While some people might just laugh this off or think that a little thing such as a smile is will do no good, I hope they at least try it. When you smile at someone you may not know how much you are lifting someone’s spirit, but trust me, smiling at everyone you see is sure to make their day better (even if they are not having a bad day). Just having someone smile at you is sure to make you at least smile back at them, and hopefully it allows you to pass on the strength of a smile by smiling at someone else. 

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