Why Do I Always Smile?

Why Do I Always Smile?

"I love to smile. Smiling is my favorite."- Buddy the Elf
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I regularly get asked why I am always smiling. Much like Buddy the Elf, I absolutely love to smile. It is one of my most favorite things to do. I am the girl that always has a smile on her face no matter what. I don’t smile because I feel obligated to or because I think I have the prettiest smile in the world. I don’t smile because I am hiding my true feelings.

I smile to let the love and light of Jesus shine through me. I smile because I am truly blessed with the life, family, and friends I have. I smile because God sent his only son to die for me. How many fathers do you know that would willingly let their son die in your place? God sent Jesus to die for us because he loves us with all his heart, and Jesus died willingly for us because he loves us just as much as God does.

I smile to bring joy to others. A smile can make a huge impact on someone who is having a bad day, week, or month. A smile can change their mood in a heartbeat. Imagine if you were walking down the street having a bad day and some stranger passes by and smiles. You smile back being polite and you automatically feel better. A smile can just make someone’s day.

I smile because I have the best support system around. My parents love me unconditionally and push me to do my best. They work hard, so that I can attend my dream school. My sisters are my biggest fans and best friends. They even fight over who gets to spend time with me by themselves first. My friends encourage me to be myself around them and have stayed my friends, even after knowing how weird I am. My grandparents, aunts, and cousins always attend any event that I am in to show their support for me.

I smile because I am a naturally happy person. I honestly have no reason not to smile all the time. I smile whether I am talking to someone or if I am by myself. Chances are you will hardly ever see me without a smile on my face because I have so much to smile about. From my Lord to my support system, I have everything I need in life to be truly happy.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"

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It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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