Some of us are born with the natural ability to produce a smile without hesitation. We feel more than comfortable smiling at strangers as we walk past them, making a human connection for that fraction of a second that the eyes meet, presuming that we are rewarded with a smile in return! Then there are others who have to make a conscious decision to upturn the corners of their mouth – the intention is the same but there is no natural inclination to smile.
Smiling is part of our individuality and more often than not, we either radiate happiness or we give the external impression of being rather moody! Neither of the external appearances necessarily reflect what is on the inside, but smiling is a positive physical action that will provide a short burst of positivity to the receiver of that smile.
And this is why smiling is considered a form of charity in all the major religions.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When you smile to your brother’s face, it is charity.” ( related in Sunan al-Tirmidhî (1879) and al-Tirmidhî)
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed (Proverbs 15:13)
Humanity is a complicated animal – but what we need from each other is very simple: warmth and comfort. The power of a smile, which often transcends to the eyes, gives the receiver an external signal of acceptance and friendship. One will always be drawn to the smiling person as opposed to the one who lacks that air of positivity that a smile so effectively creates. Whether your smile comes naturally or whether it takes a little bit of extra effort to make that face beam, try smiling. Not only is it a rewarding act for those who have faith, but it brings an instant reward when the person receiving your smile responds by smiling back!