INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
by Pauline Hager
In this inspiring story, the author shares what she has learned by observing the universal language of facial expressions.
Pauline is a world traveler who has spent extended time in countries as diverse as Japan, Russia and Bulgaria. Through her interactions with people throughout the world, she recognizes the power of this one non-verbal form of communication. She shares some inspiring stories of how the simple, spontaneous warmth of a genuine smile has left lingering memories. Unfortunately, the effects of scowls linger as well.
Pauline, left rear, having luncheon with some of her Japanese neighbors
Have you ever noticed how even the most unattractive face transforms itself into a pleasant, likable person with a smile? Have you ever watched a beautiful face repel you because of a scowl or other unpleasant facial expression? Pauline recounts experiences that have lingered with her over the years and the impressions she formed about some men and women she has encountered, all because of the facial expressions they exhibited during their interactions. From the beautiful smile on the face of the white haired matron at the Bulgarian ladies’ restroom to the mean scowl on the face of the proprietor of the Russian outdoor bazaar, Pauline shares the lasting impressions they made, even years after the events.
Finally, Pauline reminds us of the lyrics to Louis Armstrong’s signature song, Smile and the World Smiles With You through antidotes from her personal experiences while interacting with the smilers and scowlers of the world. She advises others to take note. Perhaps something as simple as a smile could help us avert confrontations before they bubble over and escalate into battles in our personal lives and beyond.
‘Smile Power’ is now published in
Tales2Inspire ~ The Sapphire Collection