Smile…And Brighten The World!

by Lance Ekum on · 46 comments

Creative Commons License photo credit: *bri*

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

S M I L E !!

…for no other reason than you can.

Do you know that person? You know the one…always has a smile on her face. Or maybe it’s that you see his smile get bigger as you approach. 

In that instant, there’s a warmth. A warmth of connection, a feeling of goodness, a touch of love. 

It’s such a small thing really. We don’t have to say anything, We don’t have to exert a whole lot of energy. We just have to shift a few facial muscles! And in that shift, life IS more beautiful. For those who cross our paths, and for ourselves. All from one simple little thing…a smile!

Try it right now!!  Smile (or smile a little bigger, if you already are smiling)!  Let that touch of beauty that comes from this simple act be a part of your being…now…in this moment. 

Smile…because you can!

Join The Movement
There’s a new micromovement coming, and YOU are invited to join in!

What is a micromovement? A micromovement is YOU, doing an activity locally where you are, recording that activity, and then submitting the video to have it become part of something greater – with people from all over the world.

What:   Smile Micromovement
  Videos being collected through June 26, 2010
 Create a short video of yourself (alone, with friends, with family, etc) smiling.   We'll also be including locations of where everyone is from .  Please send that to me here.
Ideas include:

  • Smiling the whole time
  • Facial expression going from more serious to smiling
  • Smiles turning into laughter

Length:    A short 5 – 10 second video.
Submission: To submit your video, click here.

NOTE:  The Levity Project video, of everyone smiling together, will debut in July.

(Special note:  that is NOT a self-portrait up above!!!!)

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Evita June 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

Hi Lance

Now, are you sure that is not a self portrait up there 😉 Just kidding had to bug you about that one 🙂 But seriously that photo is AWESOME!

Great idea, smiling is so universal and it instantly changes our energy! I look forward to contributing to this fun project.
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Essential Energy with Cyndi Dale: At the Crosswalk – When It’s Time to Change =-.


Yum Yucky June 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

Oh my. I was just telling my husband this morning how I’m NOT fond of monkeys. My child made me kiss a stuffed monkey 5 times this morning. Stuff animal monkey. Not the formerly alive kind…or was it??

Lance, are you sure that pic is not of you in your infantile phase? Just askin’.
.-= Yum Yucky´s Last Fabulous Post ..Pure Nastiness: Pancake House Edition =-.


Stacey Shipman June 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

I’ve been trying to smile more when I feel “out of sorts” and it really does work to change my mood! This sounds fun. I’m off on vacation for 10 days, so hopefully I’ll remember when I get back (or feel free to remind me!)


Jules - Big Girl Bombshell June 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thanks for such a great smile to start the day. And have you noticed that that one person that has that infectious smile, most often, also has the infectious laugh where you just CANT not smile or laugh yourself…’
Be contagious today, I think I will!
.-= Jules – Big Girl Bombshell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday Slice of Life – Relationships =-.


Eric | Eden Journal June 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

Lance, the synchronicity is amazing. I wrote a post on Friday about the power of a smile (link included below.) Then, this morning I see a guest post on Dragos Roua about smiling. And now, I see your post about it.

I’ll try to get you a video when I get home from work. I love this idea and look forward to seeing the results.
.-= Eric | Eden Journal´s Last Fabulous Post ..Smile, It’s Contagious – Glow, It’s Infectious =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now June 7, 2010 at 10:01 am

This is a great idea. I like the slow motion smile that is tempting. I’ll have to figure out which method has a stronger pull and submit that video.

Loved the photo of the monkey smiling. Made me smile.


Lynn June 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

What a neat idea! That monkey sure has a good smile. 🙂


Hilary June 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Hi Lance .. just so glad that’s not you .. love the idea though of the smiling video .. should be fun .. I will endeavour to get my act into gear and send something over .. byeeeee …. Hilary smile on ..
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Food, Food, Glorious Food … What could possibly go wrong …? =-.


JoyChristin June 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

*grin*…I’m practicing…huge *grin* shoot, that was it, now I’ll have to wait until I can film my little video clip….
Awe-some project Lance….yay you!!!


Jannie Funster June 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun Lancie-poo. I’ll see what my smiling summer angels come up with for an idea — they are so creative! And a 10-second limit sounds perfect!!

from Jannie-poo

.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Would You Title This Post? =-.


Jody - Fit at 52 June 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

That mokey is a little scary to me BUT I love the idea behind the post!!!! I know a smile helps me!!! Having a bad day so this helped.. THX Lance!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Plus Size M