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It’s as Simple as a Smile


Eight days in and feelin’ no pain! Blog everyday in May challenge, yes.

Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all

advice, smile, writing


This is how I feel about giving advice. I don’t feel like I am good at it and I can be awkward as h.e.l.l. when I’m unsure of what to say (if you are, say, crying?) I guess I’ve been giving advice lately on health and eating and following your dreams, but that’s different than sitting down and laying down some advice for someone who has a specific problem. I’m just not very good at that.

Some people have great advice about motivating yourself (like when you are a beginner runner….)

Others have lots to say about other people or situations. How to deal with x situation by saying y.

I’m not going to offer that today. My only advice, which seems to be the number one thing, above all others….

Is to wake up every day with a smile.

That’s it. It will feel cheesy at first. You will wonder who you are trying to fool. Yourself? Your friends and family? If you wake up and think, “Okay, now I’m going to smile,” and you DO IT, your day will get off to a great start. Eventually, it won’t be fake at all. There is a lot to smile about.

Like these little chickens!!!

chickens, coops, writing

What I woke up to. I know. So cute.

So that’s it, ok? People have asked me how I seem so happy all the time, and this is one of the tactics I use. I smile a lot. I try to. Some days it’s hard and I don’t want to, but hey, habits form who you are. Get in the habit of smiling :)

advice, smiling, melinda

an oldie but a goodie… always smiling :)

Love Lou

Author: Melinda Haas

Melinda is a writer, blogger, artist and teacher. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

4 thoughts on “It’s as Simple as a Smile

  1. You have a lovely smile!! I think this is very good advice – I try and smile a lot too, I’ve heard that smiling releases endorphin’s which make you feel happier, not sure if this is the same for fake smiles too :)

  2. I want to know WHERE you have a giant field of superhuman-sized yellow flowers. What the heck? Also, I might have a girl crush on you.

  3. I knew I liked what you wrote when I realized that I was smiling the entire time I was reading it. Thanks for making my day a smiley one :)

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