It begins with a smile. I remember a long time ago, someone was talking about how difficult it is to not smile when someone smiles at you. As a fairly new employee in my district I work to build relationships with the teachers, staff, students, and parents I work with. The smile is the first step. Whenever I pass someone, it gives me the opportunity to brighten everyone's day by smiling as I pass and say hello.
Here is a smile challenge:
- For one week smile at any/all people you pass during the day. If it is people you see everyday and multiple times a day, do it EVERYTIME.
- Make sure it is authentic and if you can get your eyes to light up or twinkle that is even better
- Smile at everyone in the office, school, classroom each time you cross paths
- When approaching a student or someone with a question (sometimes an annoying question) if you start with a smile, it changes how you start the conversation to a positive and provides an opportunity to build a relationship and trust rather than getting off on the wrong foot
- If you are somewhere like the grocery store, smile as you pass others in the isle and see what happens.
Here is how the smile challenge has/is impacting my life:
- My interactions have become more positive especially with students and challenging staff members by starting the interaction with a smile and authentic greeting
- I love watching and counting how many people I can get to smile back at me... There are always a few of the curmudgeons, most will change their demeanor and smile back
- I am modeling for my son and my students, teachers, and others the impact a smile can have on others
Now for a short tale of the impact it has had. During our ornament exchange in our district office, I received a chessire cat ornament. There is always a story that goes with each ornament and I received that one because I am known to be smiling wherever I go in the office. I did not even realize that I smile that often, that is how automatic it has become for me. Now, the chessire cat also has mischievous eyes (also a trait of mine) which is story for another time.
Take the smile challenge and see how it impacts you and those around you!