Fr Ian and Mycah had a fantastic morning this morning, Friday 2nd October – World Smile Day.
They visited each class of St Chrysostom’s School and St John’s School and received hundreds of smiles from children and staff. The children were enthusiastic to show their smiles, and staff led the way too.
It was wonderful to watch how the smiles spread around the rooms and united everyone. Everyone was given a smiley sticker to wear, and encouraged to smile at anyone they saw wearing one, and to go home and explain about world smile day and spreading smiles.
A simple but lovely moment for all!
Amy Packham, journalist at the Huffington Post has been smiling today, and writes:
It’s a selfless act to smile at someone. It takes hardly any effort, but I genuinely believe you can make someone’s day that little bit better by wiping the blank look off your face and giving that tiny bit of an emotional connection – simply a smile.
She is not alone in encouraging smiles. Smiles are a part of a universal language which we can all try.
No less a person than Mother Teresa, as she accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace said:
let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, even when it is difficult to smile, smile at each other…
(A report of a similar Smile day 2012 is here)