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A Smile Can Make A Difference

Happy Wednesday! Remember to smile, not only for yourself, but to bring happiness to others. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: A Smile Can Make A Difference

I know it is not Wednesday, but a smile can improve the moment and day of each person we encounter. Our smile might be the only ray of sunshine that enters the day of another person.

Also, smiles raise questions about what we are thinking. I recall several years ago being asked by a principal what I was smiling about. I was not happy with his actions that day, but I reached down inside and found a smile.

Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we find the extraordinary in the ordinary. When we are mindful and present in each moment, we can do that and smile in ways that make our lives and those of others better.




About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

17 responses »

  1. A smile can make a huge difference to someone’s day but a hug is massively beneficial too.

    • Thank you for the David. I am now a follower. After an overwhelming loss in an ice-hockey game, I gave each player (13-15 year old boys) a hug as they left the arena. The next day, at practice, one player told me on the drive home his dad wanted to know what the “crazy coach” was doing. We played much better two nights later. Hugs work.

  2. A smile does brighten my day! 😉 xoM

  3. Been trying to do this all day. I’ve not been feeling well and of course that puts a damper on my mood. But I had to keep reminding myself that I have no idea what the people around me are going through and that my kindness and smile could make all the difference. Thanks for the reminder

  4. It is a form of gratitude that we share with everyone who sees us today.

    Add a nice greeting and make it more powerful.

  5. William James said we should act as if we felt the way we wanted to feel.. then the feelings would follow.Exchanging smiles is a good way.I notice it is the street sweepers who are most likely to smile at me.:)

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