As Mother Teresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile.” When you start paying attention to saying hello, pay close attention to whether the smile on your face reflects a sincere intention to spread the gift of goodwill.
You know how you kind of clutch inside when you run into angry-looking people? Well, don’t be that person who makes other people want to flee. If you’re shy and it feels outrageously bold to send a smile toward someone you don’t know, practice. Start by giving yourself a goal of smiling at, let’s say, three people a day. Then four. Five. Six. Challenge yourself to raise the number. And if, like me, you have weird teeth, then email me and I’ll coach you on perfecting the closed-mouth smile.