Did you know the average 4 year old smiles 400 times a day?
The average adult smiles 15-20 times a day.
There's even some science behind the benefits to smiling, genuine smiling, not a fake smile. You can read more about the benefits of smiling here.
Last year I told my students (university seniors) that just because I don't smile very much doesn't mean I don't care about them or their success. It's true I don't smile a lot but I find there are lots of times I'm smiling "on the inside." But maybe, just maybe if I smiled more I wouldn't have to tell people I care... they'd know that I care because of the way I am around them. Hmmm....that's something to think about.
Peace tip #19...
How many times a day do you smile? It's Day 18, smile at least 18 times today. Because as St. Teresa says, "peace begins with a smile."
What makes you smile? Is it certain people? Wearing your favorite sweater that makes you feel special? Watching your children or perhaps a pet play?
I'm considering having project bags made for Project Peace. The bag would be approximately 10 inches by 12 inches, a drawstring cord and screenprinted with the Project Peace artwork and the saying "peace...this we choose each day..." Bags would be $12 plus shipping. I need to decide if I should order 100 or 200 (or any at all). If you would be interested in a bag, please leave a comment below and if you perhaps want more than one, please tell me that as well. I've never done anything like this before so it's uncharted territory. I love the idea of having a Project Peace bag as a reminder of this peace-along however I don't want to end up with 100 extra bags :)
Have a peaceful day filled with lots of smiles...