Smile First

Smile First

Being the first person to smile at someone with a straight face can be AWKWARD.


Remember that day when you were feeling miserable? You appeared to be so focused on where you were heading to that you were WEARING your misery. Paired with that, your lips might've been pursed, making you appear vain and unapproachable. You seem to have only minded the pace that you were trudging along to.

But, for some odd reason, that stranger walking in the opposite direction of you still managed to give you a smile. "Why did they do that?" you asked yourself. Don't you remember how good that felt? It was so good that it forced you to form a smile yourself, even after they passed you.

Suddenly, you were uplifted. Your entire mood completely shifted and you were set for the rest of the day. That small interaction made all the difference.

So, that moment when you see someone trudging around with a straight face, don't hesitate to give them a perk. Sometimes we need to help each other out and remind one another to be kind, even if it seems unacceptable and awkward as hell.

I think people are afraid to be the first person to smile because there may be the possibility that they look away instantly, they don't respond with a smile, or even bother to look at you. But just remember, it's worth the attempt because, if they DO notice, at least you put the effort into uplifting a stranger's mood and that's something!

It also takes a certain amount of strength to be the first one to give the smile, and when you do, you're playing a tremendous part in the aid of humanity.

So, smiling randomly to people that you don't know (and let's not forget about the ones we do know) isn't just a grain of salt; it's the inspiration.

We have the power to inspire others to better themselves, too, and it all starts with a smile.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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