After a considerable period of time in somewhat of a down, I realized that I wasn’t smiling much, and neither were the people around me. I’m a big believer that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.Whether with regards to achievement, generosity, health, or happiness, any quality that you want to improve in yourself, the most important first step is to make sure that your environment is conducive to your success. This means making sure that those five people possess this quality to an equal or greater degree than you wish to attain. Another firmly held belief of mine is that you are the steward of your own ship. It’s a free world, and the only person that can hold you back is yourself. I therefore decided that I won’t stay in this depression, I will pull myself out of it, and in the process, bring other people up too. I created this very simple challenge for myself, which you are welcome, and encouraged to partake in as well. It goes as follows, for the next 100 days I will consciously make at least 1 person smile each day. That means going into the interaction with the goal of making the person smile. This can be achieved in any number of ways, but it has to be done consciously. To help make sure that I keep it up, I have set up a daily reminder for 8:30am,
Make someone smile today!
Today is my first day of the challenge, and I have not only realized how easy it is, but also how rewarding. Over the past 2 days, I’ve been driving all over Israel with a fellow soldier from my base, visiting different guard posts (one of the things I do as part of my job in the IDF). With our culture differences however, I didn’t really feel comfortable interacting with him. It was almost awkward being with him in the car. While looking out the window in silence, the idea of 100 smiles in 100 days popped into my head, I turned to him and said in Hebrew, “Achi, ten hiyuch,” which literally means, “Bro, give a smile.” Without any effort we both cracked huge smiles, and then he looks at me and mentions, “Hakol letova,” or “Everything is for the better.” That was the end of that interaction, but I felt accomplished, and actually very happy as a result of that simple interaction. It was as if, and I wouldn’t be surprised, if we both got a rush of “happy” endorphins just from smiling. Sometimes the most simple and obvious rules for success in life often have to be stated in order to remember to use them. I am really looking forward to continuing this challenge, and coming up with more interesting, and creative ways of making people smile, and I hope you will join me in this challenge, and together we will make the world a more cheerful and happy place!
You can do anything, your imagination is your only limit!
Keep exploring, and keep smiling 🙂
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