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A Smile is a Random Act of Kindness

on February 18, 2022

Have you ever gone shopping, locked eyes with a complete stranger, — and smiled?

Smiling is a random act of kindness.

It doesn’t cost you a penny. There’s no commitment involved. There’s no signing on the dotted line. But just the simple act of smiling can bring a little ray of sunshine into someone else’s day. Receiving a smile from a complete stranger might be the thing that uplifts you out of a bad mood and reminds you that, yes! the world is a beautiful place.

A smile is a gift that keeps on giving. You smile at me, I smile at someone else, pay it forward. Pretty soon, the whole world is smiling!

Dawn Pisturino, RN

September 1, 2021/February 18, 2022

Copyright 2021-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


36 responses to “A Smile is a Random Act of Kindness

  1. Timothy Price says:

    A smile goes a long way.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Neal Saye says:

    What a terrific reminder post, Dawn. And this very thing happened to me a few minutes ago. I am on my six-months appointment for having bloodwork done. As I was sitting in my chair about ready to be poked, I looked across the way and there was a woman awaiting the same thing. We smiled at each other through our masks. It’s amazing how you can see a smile in the eyes!

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  3. elvira797mx says:

    Dear Dawn, it is an lovely post, it’s true smile is a random act of kindness. I love it! Thanks for share. Keep smiling!
    Have a wonderful time!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Michele Lee says:

    Thanks for sharing some smiles. I trust they will return to you tenfold. πŸ˜„

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Jim Wingrove says:

    You have to be real careful, if you’re a guy. It can be creepy 😯😯

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Admittedly, your post and the answers made me smile, partly because we were just talking on another site about the miserable health of world leaders. Given our shared sober analysis, I think we both lost our laughter.

    Sometimes I even have the feeling I’ve forgotten how to laugh, because you never know how a well-intentioned smile will be taken, so you hold back on it. Most people just look down at the floor and at their cell Phones anyway.

    The “smily” has replaced the smile, but not this time.😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

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  7. Girl, you know a smile is contagious unless you’re just a flat out miserable person. ☹ As this song said back in the day, “A smile is just a frown turned upside down!” Thanks for putting a smile on my face today Dawn!!! 😊πŸ₯°πŸ˜Š

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  8. Robert J Jr. says:

    It always surprises me the times other people need your smile!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. kvbclarke says:

    Those stranger smiles are highly underrated! Glad to have them championed!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Smiling is the best and it’s contagioust! Everyone feels good😁

    Liked by 2 people

  11. I hear u says:

    well said dear. It’s really a lovely post

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Jeff Flesch says:

    Complete agree, Dawn. A smile is powerful! πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜β˜ΊοΈ

    Liked by 1 person

  13. fgsjr2015 says:

    Following the June 6 killings of four members of a family for being Muslim, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested to Canadians that β€œthe next time you see a woman in a hijab or a [Muslim] family out for a stroll, give them a smile.” With more anti-Muslim attacks in the news, it seems his thoughtful request may be applicable indefinitely.

    I feel that offering a sincere smile can be a healthy and powerful, yet relatively effortless, potential response by caring individuals to acts of hate targeted at other identifiable-group members of society. One might also wear anti-hate symbolism, e.g. a colored ribbon or shirt.

    I decided to do just that as my own rebellious response to the (as anticipated) acts of racial/religious intolerance that soon followed Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory. Anti-Trump demonstrators’ catchy slogan was β€œLove Trumps Hate”. Not much for the non-family β€˜love’ part (except maybe for dark chocolate truffle ice cream), I would do the next best thing by offering a smile.

    But when offering a smile, one should do so promptly. In my first attempt, with a passing woman wearing a Muslim head scarf, I hesitated long enough (likely for fear of possibly offending her modesty) for her to catch my blank stare and quickly look away. Bitterly ironic, the opposite of my intended friendly gesture was therefor likely perceived by her.

    In the current climate of heated emotions and even violent intolerance, I feel it’s not enough to just not think/act hateful; we also need to display kindness, perhaps through a sincere smile.

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  14. I totally agree with this. I often get talked to by strangers and they start conversations with me. I have always wondered why.

    After reading this, it is for sure because I smile!

    Great read!

    Liked by 1 person

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