Ronald E. Feister

Have you noticed that many, if not most, people go about their lives not with a smile but with a frown or at best a neutral expression on their face? If you haven’t noticed, just pay attention the next time you are out in public. Don’t count those squinting from the sun.

There are a lot of reasons for this. Both the broadcast and social media are full of bad news stories or one group of people attacking another group. There is also the pace of our society with its endless rushing about overflowing with one activity after another. People seem to get angry or frustrated with little to no reason.

Too often, those emotions result in acts of violence, or at the least, rudeness.

Even as people enter church on Sunday, many people will still are burdened by such pressures. It often takes a hymn or two just to get people back to enjoying worship.

Well, enough of the problem. What can we do about it?

Have you ever noticed that when one person yawns, others quickly follow? The same is true of a smile. Smiles are contagious, and when people are smiling their attitudes change. Smiling people feel better about themselves and better about others. You cannot smile and be angry at the same time.

There are a lot of other little things we can do to make people feel and act better.

Want to brighten a person’s day? Let the person with just one or two items go ahead of you in the cash register line. If you see your neighbor across the yard or street, then just holler a good morning or hello. It may make their day.

Driving down the road and you see another driver trying to merge, just slow down a bit and make room for them. You were not going to get where you were going much sooner, and maybe you help avoid a case of road rage. At the very least, you set a good example.

Look for opportunities throughout the day to bring a little happiness into the lives of others. If enough of us did, peoples’ attitudes would improve and the world would be much more enjoyable place to live.

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