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Mother Teresa often talks or writes about smiling.  “Peace begins with a smile.” “…the

smile is the beginning of love.” “I will never understand all the good that a simple smile

can accomplish” 


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And two of my favorites:

“Be brave and keep smiling.  You know He loves you with a tender, eternal love.”

“…the way He has chosen for you is the true way. So smile.  Smile at the Hand that

strikes you – kiss the Hand that is nailing you to the Cross….Be like a little lamb – smile

at everyone.”

Some moments the struggle can be overwhelming to turn up those two corners of my

mouth into a genuine smile that shines from within.  It really can be an act of bravery to

win that war with myself, to let joy and self-forgetfulness triumph, and to be that light

for others.  But what a difference it makes!  Here are some interesting facts about



“We’re born to do it. A smile is one of the most basic, biologically uniform

expressions of all humans. Paul Ekman, the world’s leading expert on

facial expressions, discovered that smiles are cross-cultural and have

the same meaning in different societies. 3-D ultrasound technology

shows that developing babies appear to smile even in the womb. The

mood-boosting power of a smile is unfathomable. Studies show that one

smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000

chocolate bars. Yet, unlike lots of chocolate, lots of smiling can actually

make you healthier. :)”  from


So today, smile for your family, smile for your co-workers, smile for those who make you

not want to smile.  Smile for yourself and for the Lord who knows you and loves you

with a tender and eternal love!

Written by: Kristen