This is part of the series “How to Have the Life Your Facebook Friends Think You Have” because why shouldn’t real life be as good as what we post to social media? This is also the basis of a talk that can be delivered as a keynote at your conference, or an interactive session. Guaranteed to get your group laughing and learning about work, life, and Faking Balance.
My closest friends and I get together once a year or so to conduct a Life Audit, which, if you have the chance, is a wonderful exercise, either with a group or on your own. You spend a few hours assessing and organizing all those things spinning around in your head, all those things you’d like to accomplish if you could only find the time, money, or grit to just get it done already. You look at long and short terms goals, as well habits you’d like to create. A Life Audit a great way to get focused and intentional. Playing with Sharpies and Post-It Notes is just a bonus.
The first time we got together, one friend identified smiling as a habit she wanted to practice. Awww, I thought. Poor thing. She’s unhappy. So she’s not smiling.
I didn’t get it.
Not until I ran across this quote (yes, I’m a sucker for quotes) attributed to Mother Theresa.
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Theresa
Well, duh. My friend wasn’t concerned about her personal happiness level at a given moment. She wanted to smile more, for other people. So simple. Such a noble pursuit.
And we do it every day for social media. Right?
We are living in a selfie culture. Each smile flashed onto your Facebook profile meant to show the world how great a time you’re having. Posed, poised, taken, re-taken, and edited to reflect your momentary bliss and overall celebratory nature.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
We owe huge gratitude to social social media for teaching us which angles and expressions make for the most attractive and engaging images. Now, what if we used this new expertise for a slightly different purpose?
What adventures can a smile spark?
What would happen right now if you walked up to your spouse, your mother, your teenager, your boss– and flashed them your very best selfie smile? Your smile on steroids, infused with all your charm just for them in that real world feed of your actual day?
Sure, they might freak out the first time, but after that I guarantee you good things will happen.
Do try it, and report back! I’m dying to know what adventures your smile can spark.
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