What your smile could do!

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I love people who often smile. I love to see smiling people on road, in a lift or at my work! I just feel good when I see someone passing by me, smiling and nodding as a gesture of acknowledging my existence in this wavy world! Don’t we spend all our fortune to look at a smiling baby, don’t we make ourselves ready to give up everything we have just to see the person we love smiling?

All our life we chase happiness and smile, probably the best indication of happiness. Of course, someone might fake smile, but that’s even something to start with. It will sound weird, but you actually can practice smiling in front of a mirror. It’s never late.

People often give up smiling to establish their authority or superiority and to be honest – I don’t know why! I respect a person who smiles at me much more than a person who keeps his face gloomy.

However, a person can’t always be happy or hold a smile on their face forever. Life has its own turns and bridges; we all know that very well. Think of a situation like that when you are torn apart, you don’t feel like to live anymore, you want to be all on your own and at that time someone shows up and smile at you and say “Don’t worry, things will be fine.” Nothing more, no intimate words, not even a hug but an assuring smile and that’s all you want to stand on your foot again.

Who doesn’t know Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest art creation – Mona Lisa? Mona Lisa, a mysterious lady made hundreds of writers to write thousands of stories just about her smile. One smile that has won the world, what else do you has to say to emphasize the importance of a piece of a smile!

The writer at the Toronto Light Festival 2017

I think I seriously started thinking about the smile as a way of life, direction to live when I was a student of a high school and read the poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies for the first time.

“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.”

I still remember my English Literature teacher discussed the term ‘beauty’s glance’ in the class and we thought about it for weeks to follow. We felt romance in the air and joy in our heart and we used to see whether any pretty lady passing by us was offering somewhat that we could term as ‘beauty’s glance’! Those days of golden moments we had in our high school.

Again, going back to what I was saying, smile guys! Smile whenever it seems required, smile when it’s not even necessary. Surely you need to know when it’s too much to smile but it’s never totally unwelcoming to smile and comfort someone even if they are in pain! Practice smiling at people, most importantly smile for yourself, make yourself happy, and make the world believe in you.

Look at the mirror, smile, and see how beautiful you are. Go out and smile, nod and wave and feel free. Smile, as one of my favorite lyricist Martin Charnin once said, “You are never fully dressed without a smile”.


Shamim Ahmed is a public health professional and a development economist. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto and pursuing doctoral research on Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. He is also working as a Teaching Assistant of Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Shamim is a published author. He has four well-acclaimed poetry books. Being a public health professional, he is known to be a philanthropist for his regular columns on diverse issues from politics to social science, poetry to diplomacy, and what not.
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