Thought for the day 7 October

World Smile Day

It is said that less effort is required to smile than frown, though many of us seem to prefer the extra exercise. Often when you smile at someone they will smile back, and you both feel better because of it. Under the current restrictions, with a mask over half your face, it is hard to see someone smiling – we need to learn to ‘read’ the eyes and eyebrows to spot which emotions someone is displaying. There is a line in a song (Ken Dodd?) ‘Smile, though your heart is aching’ – sometimes people put on a ‘smile’ mask to hide their real feelings. How good are we at spotting that?

Lord, help us to try to lift the mood of others by smiling. Help us to be sensitive too to their real feelings

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