It was the fall of 2018, and my son, Sammy was living in Finland. My wife, Patty, and I went to visit him. We had a wonderful visit, but there was one thing in particular that they didn’t do: smile.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that they don’t smile. In fact, in most European countries, they don’t make eye contact with you, unless you’re a customer in their store. This was crazy to me.
I believe there is something powerful about making eye contact, and smiling. I believe it makes people feel valued and important. But in Finland, I must’ve looked like a freak!! In fact, even as I’m out on my daily run, I always say “hello” and smile. Honestly, you never know what someone is going through in their life. That smile and hello just might be the medicine they didnt know that they needed!
Here’s my challenge to you: smile at someone. It takes very little effort, and can totally make someone’s day.
A joyful, cheerful heart brings healing to both body and soul. But the one whose heart is crushed struggles with sickness and depression.
Smile and spread joy! Go make a difference. Always run by faith!