(This post contains affiliate links.) A smile costs nothing, but it really can make such a difference to a person.
Consider doctors mumbling amongst themselves at the foot of a patient’s bed before moving on with their ward round without so much as a greeting or friendly smile, let alone praise or explanation.
Consider the loneliness of the city where, despite the crowded streets, everyone is on their phone, or head down and internalised as they race (or trudge miserably) to their next appointment.
We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
– The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Let’s be truly present in every interaction. Let’s make eye contact and connect. Let’s keep our hearts open. Let’s smile at people – yes, even on the London Tube (even if it’s just to freak them out). Let’s spread joy. Little by little, we can make a difference.