A Year of Smiles – Day 47


“Welcome.  How are you today?”  Those were the words I heard as I entered the dollar store.  I looked over toward the checkout counter and there was a young man helping customers check out and greeting those who entered.  He had the biggest smile on his face and the happiest spirit about him.  And his happiness seemed to resonate throughout the store as he spoke with everyone and made positive comments about every item being purchased.  This was certainly not what I expected when I walked into the store but it was a most welcomed surprise.  I left the store that day with a smile on my face and it’s all because of that young man’s happy attitude.

Isn’t it nice to be around happy people?  Their joy seems to rub off on everyone they meet.  And the cool thing is when they leave, the happiness remains.

The same goes for unhappy people.  Their gloom and misery spread to all those around them and linger long after they are gone.  Most of us do our best to avoid the perpetually unhappy.

There’s a song that I learned in children’s choir called “Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful”.¹  It starts with a little rhyme that says:

I have two friends with funny names that sound a lot alikegrumpy-emoticon

But once you get to know them, they’re as different as day and night.

One is happy all the time and has lots and lots of friends.

The other always gripes and complains and no one really likes him.

You may wonder who they are and why they act the way they do.

The difference is the way they see things, it’s called their attitude.

So, which one are you?  Are you Humbly Grateful?  Do you lift others up with your happiness?  Or are you Grumbly Hateful?  Do you leave others disheartened and discouraged?

I want to be like that young man at the dollar store and leave everyone with a SMILE!


¹”Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful” by Janet McMahan-Wilson and Kathie Hill

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