Saturday,21 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1209, (14 - 20 August 2014)
Saturday,21 July, 2018
Issue 1209, (14 - 20 August 2014)

Ahram Weekly

Smile power

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.

In this fast-paced, hectic and stressful world in which we live, adding some cheer to someone else’s day will have the magical effect of lifting our spirits too. As Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) said: Smiling in the face of your brother is charity. However, you don’t have to be a comedian to get someone to crack a smile. Fortunately, smiles are contagious.

Try one or more of these experts’ tips to get someone to smile:

- Text someone you love a completely random, but hilarious, smiley face.

- Say “hi” to a stranger as you pass them on the street.

- Hold the elevator door for someone instead of rushing to get to your floor faster.

- Call an old friend out of the blue.

- Smile at someone. Chances are, they’ll smile back — but even if they don’t, at least you’ll be smiling!

- Give your server a generous tip.

- Offer up your seat in a crowded place to someone who really needs it.

- Praise a co-worker or friend for their efforts on a project they’ve been working hard on, or compliment them on their looks.

- Talk about one of your favourite memories. Even if it doesn’t make the person you’re sharing the memory with smile, making yourself smile totally counts. Remember, smiles are contagious.

- After a fitness class, try to return your gym buddy’s mat or weights to its rightful place.

- Text or e-mail a friend a throw-back photo of the two of you.

- People felt most appreciated in their relationships when their partner gave them small signs of affection. Do one of these gestures that show love to your significant other or actually say “I love you.”

- Laugh out loud. It’s totally contagious!

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