Contagious Conviviality: Catching smiles

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~ Capturing contentment and contagious conviviality in everyday life. ~

Though I have a pretty family, I often do not look at them with a happy expression nor respond to their funny antics; this is a real temptation, a real opportunity for sanctification.

Smiling Begets Love

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Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other. – Mother Theresa

We often think the emotion must come first, before the expression. But the expression can lead and determine our emotion, as well. If you choose to smile, even if you don’t feel like it, you are likely to find yourself feeling it despite yourself.

What a useful habit this would be to teach our children! To smile – so simple – when we want to get ourselves back on track but can’t muster up the correct emotions. Don’t worry about that. Worry about what you can do, and so often the emotions will follow. Smiling is one of the things we can do, even when we don’t feel like it, and it is a gift to our children. Then, we discover with surprise, it is also a gift to ourselves.

Children learn to smile from their parents. – Sinichi Suzuki

Smile to love

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Smiling is a very effective, yet simple and easy, way to tell your children you love them and are happy with them. They respond to it. They thrive under it.

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It is so easy to let our facial expressions slide as our minds rapidly flit from dinner to math to our shopping list to the book we’re reading to noticing how dirty the floor is. Smiling into our children’s eyes slows us down and helps us see the details that matter more: the expressions on our children’s faces.

Smile to teach

Smiling seems like merely a facial expression, but common facial expressions can be habits and certainly do shape the atmosphere of the home.

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Smiles can be a part of our habitus, our intangible way of life. Smiles are a practice which shapes and forms, which tells us and our children about the world and about what we desire from it.

Let us remember to smile. It will do us good. It will do our children good.

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2 Responses

  1. april
    | Reply

    Yes, thank you! So enjoy your blog!!!

  2. Jill Farris
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    I loved getting through the Like Mother Like Daughter post and seeing Hans on the link-up picture! So fun to see a cute, familiar face!

    Jill (and, I agree, smiles are transformational especially on the face of a mother!)

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