The Power Of A Smile

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“There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.” ~ Author unknown

I'm walking down the street.  Someone smiles.

Someone smiles! 

…and I feel an instant lift in my own spirit…a connection (if but for a brief second) to another…a connection to something greater than just myself…

The power of something so simple, so free, so a part of each of us….

…the power of a smile!

Please enjoy the video above, created in conjunction with The Levity Project.

One world, one smile.

As you go forth in your days, in the moments that are your life, may the smile that is within your soul shine brightly.  And may you also experience the joy that comes from the genuine smiles of those whose paths you cross. 




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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Lynn August 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

This is lovely – thank you for sharing it Lance. It was good to see you and your family popping from behind the tree!

I just wrote this earlier this morning on my blog: >>My beloved uncle worked until just one month ago at the age of 86. He managed a parking garage for an office building in downtown Macon, Georgia. He passed away last week after a brief illness and it was so lovely to see the comments from patrons of the parking garage on the online “guest book” at his obituary page. One example out of many, “John was so very nice. I met him when I started working downtown in Aug of ’08. He has been pleasant from day one. When he was not there, I looked for him to be. It is an honor to have known such a person who always gave you a smile as you entered and left his presence. I will never forget him and I know many others won’t either.”>>
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Lance August 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm

It was so fun to create that “behind the tree” shot! Thank YOU!!

And, what a true example of this – a SMILE in action – your uncle was. May the beauty he created live on… Thank you so much for sharing this, someone who truly lived this every day of his life…


Natalia August 2, 2010 at 7:40 am

Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad that we participated. It was a fun video to watch! Couldn’t help but smile!!!! 🙂


Lance August 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Thank YOU to you and your son for joining in and sharing your smiles!! So awesome to have you in this, and – I KNOW!!! <-- so much fun to watch!


Simon Hay August 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

Hey Lance. I smiled, I cried, I love you buddy. I feel everything and everyone lately. Thanks!
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Lance August 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

So good to have you here today – you and the vibration of love you bring!! Much love to you too, my friend!


nic @mybottlesup August 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

SO STINKIN AWESOME to be a part of this, lance.

here’s the link to my post…

thanks, homie!!!


Lance August 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

LOVE having you in this! Your smile is infectious!! Rock on, sweet friend…


Kate August 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

What a brilliant video……..smiles are like yawns (but nicer) when you see someone else do it, you have to do it too:)


Lance August 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm

And I’m smiling as I read this – the “yawns” part!! Yes, smiles are catchy like that – and nicer!! Big, big smiles to YOU!


Naomi Estment August 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

Very cool, Lance & co!!

Thx a ton for the invitation to join in. You guys rock!

Big smile from SA 🙂

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Lance August 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

So wonderful to have your contribution to this, and for all the outpouring of support you have given. Truly moving, the video that you shared from South Africa. Much peace…


Jannie Funster August 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

That was so moving. The song is awesome! First time I heard it.

There were some great smiles in this. Beautiful! Watched it twice already. Who was the gal in the clown nose and funny hat? She cracked me UP. And hey, is that Evita in a house being built? Looks like her.

Fun! You guys did such a great job.

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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:19 am

I love this song by Matisyahu – it alone is moving. Then, with all the smiles from around the world…wow!

The lady with the clown nose…I’m not sure who that was – so awesome, though – her truly being in that moment. And, yes – that is Evita in the house that’s being built…another sweet picture.

Jannie, the video you included was wonderful…and I completely feel so much joy as those kids pop out of the water!!

I’m smiling this morning as I watch it once more…


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord August 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

Oh my God, that was AWESOME! I’m smiling HUGE right now. (smile smile smile) Lots of love to you!


Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

So wonderful to see all these smiles together…truly smiles from around the world! Thank you so much, sweet friend…having you here makes me smile always. Big hugs and lots of love to you…


Robin Easton August 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

Dearest Lance, YES!!! Like our friend, Simon Hay, I cried, I laughed, I FEEL HAPPY and alive from watching this. Oh, I’ve missed being here. So to not only feel the utter joy and goodness in this video, but to also feel your here just moves me to tears. I am just soooooooooo dang proud of you for your commitment to spread love, laughter and compassion through the world. You do it with “world class” flair my sweet friend. You really do. And on top of that you reflect back to me who I REALLY am, and you give me permission to be who I am just by being YOU, glorious YOU!!! I love you dear sweet precious friend. Robin. Thank you a million times over!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:34 am

What a moving experience this was for me to watch too, as I had watched most of the videos individually as they came in, only had not seen the compilation until just a few days ago. Seeing all these individual smiles become ONE…wow! Really letting that sink in, where smiles from across this great world came together – such a wonderful experience!

Robin, you embraced this so enthusiastically from the first day, and that enthusiasm was such a boost to getting this started! More than that, though – that’s an enthusiasm I really believe you bring to ALL of LIFE. And what a beautiful gift that is – the way you connect to the moments of your days!

Know too, that what you have written here – I find that so deeply moving. Your soul shines through, just like in your smile, so full of life and love.

Robin, I love you and all the beauty you bring into this world. You, sweet friend, are such a dear friend. Big hugs of LOVE and GRATITUDE to you!


Yum Yucky August 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

This video is perfect for today! And I’m smiling because of it. Lance, it’s so wonderful to know you. ((hugs))
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:37 am

You have such cute kids! And hey, we’ve been doing video together now for quite a while!! Loved having you involved in this, and more than that – love having you as a friend. Big hugs right back atcha…sweet friend…


Jenn August 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

Lance, this is awesome! 😉 I love how this all came together so gorgeously, and I love the diversity in it all! 🙂 I was happy to be a part of such a neat and fun idea! hugs,.. have a beautiful week, dear friend! xx Jenn
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:39 am

What really makes this so beautiful is all these smiles…together…from all over our wonderful world! And you…and your sweet bunny…so, so sweet to have you! Jenn, thank you so much! Big hugs and lots of love to you, sweet friend…


Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker August 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

At least two people change when a person smiles – the one who received the smile and the one who smiled. That is how we change the world, one person at a time. Changing the world doesn’t mean big things have to happen, small things create a ripple effect which can go around the world, one person at a time.

There is an insurance commercial on TV that I love which starts with one person doing an a good act and helping someone. Another person saw the act happening and goes out to do a good act of his own which someone else saw. It goes full circle back to the first person who saw someone else do a good act and did one of her own. I just love the interconnectedness of it and Life.
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:42 am

That’s exactly it! It doesn’t have to be something gigantic we do to make such a positive difference in the world. A smile, a helping hand, a caring touch….all of these can be such powerful ways to make a real difference. And sometimes, I think, these can do even more than something big and grand – as it touches another very personally…and in that, the beauty spreads!

Patricia, you bring a smile to my face…today…and always…

Much peace,


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} August 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

Dearest & Sweetest Lance,
I smiled so much watching this I’m crying happy tears right now! That one line got me at the end “may we all smile together one day”…Everyone so happy…its was pure bliss watching this. And the best part i could recognize so mnay faces. You and the kids jumping out form behind the tree…so precious. Hugs to all who took part and all who didnt too.
You and the levity project are awesome! Life got in the way fro this time..but the next project I will be there for sure 🙂
You guys make happiness HAPPY! So happy I cant control my tears.
Much Love to you my friend,


Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:46 am

That line – “may we all smile together one day” – truly is one that is very moving…especially after seeing all the beautiful smiles from across the globe. And it IS possible…I believe that. One day…we WILL all smile together – smiles filled with love and peace.

Zeenat, your caring words as so touching. Know that what you have shared has landed upon my heart, and that I am so blessed to know you. Big hugs and much love to you, sweet friend…


Julie Ellis August 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

Lance, what an awesome project! This video made my heart *smile* today!
Giving the gift of a genuine smile could mean the world to someone we pass along the way…


Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:48 am

Thank you so, so much! And I smile…knowing you are here…that you give me today as I read your comment. Much love to you…


Sagan August 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Beautiful! Smiling as I read this 🙂
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:49 am

You are sweet…thank YOU!!


Jody - Fit at 52 August 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Lance, this was so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is contagious & such a wonderful project! Thx for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:50 am

Thank you so, so much for watching, and for your excitement behind the video! You are AWESOME!!


Diane AZ August 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Hi, the video turned out great, looks like everyone had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing! 😀
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 5:51 am

This was such a wonderful project – and really – that, for me, was in seeing the smiles from so many people, together in one place! Thank you so much for your sweet words!


Evita August 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Hi Lance

This was so fun to be a part of, and it turned out so good!!!! As I mentioned to Katie, I love the song background and the smiles are so heart warming!!!
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

The music from Matisyahu fits this so well…that day WILL come when there is no more violence and we will all PLAY together…

…and that makes me smile today! That, and all the amazing and caring souls who shared a smile in this video (like YOU!) and all those who share openly the smile from their heart…daily…

Peace, love, and hugs to you…


Colleen August 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I had an epiphany today because of this blog entry. Love the video. I realized after watching the video that adding a fun video is the one thing I can add to our otherwise dry “New Real Estate Listings” blog entries that would make them somewhat interesting. So I did. I added your smile video to our today’s listings blog entry! I’ll be adding more video to lighten things up and bring a smile when I need to post real estate listings! 🙂
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

Just checked out your blog listing with the video – so, so awesome!! And – thank YOU for the LOVE…and for sharing this on your site! You are AWESOME!!! And – I love the bit of spark it adds to your site!!


Kimberley August 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Great video Lance! I loved seeing all the smiles, but I especially loved MizFit and the Tornado, as well as your family popping out from behind the tree.
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 8:49 am

Thank you so, so much!! It was such a treat to see so many familiar names IN VIDEO!!

You are AWESOME!!


Cynthia (It All Changes) August 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I can’t help but smile at this video. It is so much easier to smile than frown and it just makes my day. So fun to see all sorts of people with their unique smiles but all beautiful 🙂


Lance August 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

And since it’s just simply easier to SMILE…we should all do it, don’t you think!! Thanks so much!! This was such a fun project to be involved with!


Tess The Bold Life August 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

What a wonderful message for the world…a class act, my friend. I hope you had a great vacation. Welcome back. I loved the music and smiled all the way through;)


Lance August 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

Thank YOU!!! This song just fits the SMILES so well!

Vacation was wonderful – I pretty much got away from everything for a couple of weeks…and that was so, so good for the soul… Good to be back, and seeing the wonderful smiles of so many – like yours here in your avatar – awesome!!


Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny August 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Excellent job as usual. I am delighted with how this video turned out. Equally delighted to be in it.

Life is good! Off to share your good works with the world now.
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 10:58 am

And…I’m DELIGHTED you are in the video, too!!! LOVE your smile – and your enthusiasm for some of these “crazy” ideas I bounce off of you! Life is indeed good!!

…and you…are AWESOME!


Caroline August 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm

So awesome Lance!!! Love this. I am doing a 31 strangers in 31 days photo challenge this August and I have to say that the smiles are amazing! There is something to be said about a smile…and no words need to be spoken. There is just a beautiful understanding.
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

This was such a fun project…and topped off with the finished video…which was way more emotionally moving than I expected (in a very good way). And – I did just see you’re embarking on a 31 day challenge – and one that just sounds to be very moving for you, too. So, so awesome! Caroline, know that I believe very much in all that you are doing…


Tia Singh, Your Life Your Way August 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Lance this is awesome!! Loved the vid and seeing everyone’s gorgeous smiles. Thanks for asking me to be a part of it, I was laughing so much when I made it 🙂
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:06 am

Gorgeous!!! What a GREAT word to describe all these amazing smiles (like YOURS!!)!!! Thank you so much for joining in – awesome to have you be a part of this! And, very cool – the laughter that this brought to you as you were creating the video! Rock on, sweet friend…


Vincent Nguyen August 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Beautiful video Lance!

I sense so much enthusiasm and energy from everyone in the video. What an awesome way to express positivity.

Big smiles and take care my friend


Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

I LOVED what you shared for this video – and know that, while not in the final video here – how you personalized this was very meaningful to me. You, my friend, embody AWESOME!!

Big THANKS and big SMILES!!


Joy August 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Hi Lance,
I couldn’t help but smile as I watched this video..pure happiness through and through…
And I thought how genuine each smile is..and how each person had their own story, their own day but managed to share a radiant smile regardless of whatever was external…how awe-some is that!!!
And the energy in this space today is soaring!
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Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

Something about your video…out there on the water…so moving. I felt the joy in your soul shining through the video, and that is something I hold onto each time as I watch this.

There really is such energy from the SMILES connected together…you, me, everyone…awesome-ness!

Big hugs to you, dear friend…


Patricia August 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

What a great video and what lovely smiles….aren’t we lucky that you put this together and posted it for us to enjoy – over and over again…

Way neat!


Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:12 am

Thank YOU!!! Your support of this means so much…and to know that this has had some meaning for you…that makes this all so worth it! …and it makes me SMILE now as I type this…


Sarah Cooper August 3, 2010 at 4:18 am

Smiling is infectious
You catch it like the flu
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too.

I walked around the corner
And someone saw me grin
And when I saw him smile
I knew I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile
And realised its worth.
A single smile like mine
Could travel round the earth.

So if you feel a smile begin
Don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick
And get the world infected!!!


Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

What a WONDERFUL poem – thank you so much for sharing it here! You are AWESOME!!! And…I’m smiling right now!!


Megan Zuniga August 3, 2010 at 7:17 am

Hi Lance,

Aw, such a lovely video. Been having a lousy day so far until I saw this. Truly a simple smile can be so powerful. Reminds me of the New York laugh day you made some time ago.

So, everyone keep on smiling! 🙂


Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

Sorry to hear about how your day has been going…and very happy this could provide a little uplift for you. A smile. What a wonderful thing it is…and what wonderful works one can do!!

And – thank you for reminding me of NYC – such a FUN day that was, too! And…so many smiles that came from that…

Wishing you many, many smiles today…


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now August 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

There is something cool about seeing yourself in a video of smiling people. It brightened my day and I know it will brighten a lot of other people’s day too.


Lance August 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

It’s connecting!! That’s what I felt upon watching this – and just feeling a deeper connection with all those who shared their wonderful smiles for this video (like YOURS!!). Karl, you ARE brightening people’s days…by your involvement in this…and in just the attitude you take into your day!

You, my friend, are AWESOME!!


Veronica August 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

So true–there is so much power in a smile–I couldn’t help but grin like an idiot myself while watching your beautiful video of all the happy, smiling & laughing people. Thank you–this is so uplifting.


Lance August 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Great to “meet” you! And…just looking at your avatar…what an awesome smile you have!!! See…now you have me smiling again…and who knows who might see my smile. You’re spreading the SMILE virus – very cool!!!!!

And – thank you so much for your sweet comments!


Katie West/The Levity Coach August 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Lance-WooHoo! We did it! It’s up! And THANK YOU to everyone who helped!
Doing this Micro-movement deepened my conviction that creating social change is not hard…it is simply about bringing change to ourselves and letting that ripple out into the world.

Thank you for creating ripple effects with your smiles.

May we all continue to do so boldy, brilliantly, and beautifully!
Thank you Lance for your awesomeness and all your work on the One World One Smile Video!


Lance August 4, 2010 at 7:28 am

Awesome-ness!! The video turned out so wonderfully…and that’s both a sign of the beautifully creative works of you and Ina, along with all the amazing smiles that were shared by so many people!

Katie, you shine beauty and love into the world!

Peace, love, and chocolate…


Marelisa August 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm

What an awesome video! I need to get myself a FLIP camera so that I can participate in videos like this.
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Lance August 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

Thank YOU!!! This was such a fun video to create! And – definitely – get that FLIP camera…would LOVE to have you in on these “crazy” ideas!!!


Hilary August 4, 2010 at 5:25 am

Hi Lance .. that was great .. loved seeing everyone and all the smiles and happiness .. just what I needed right now .. peace, love, unity to all .. and smile together one day – we all will .. have a great week .. Hilary
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Lance August 4, 2010 at 7:30 am

So glad to hear this touched you in a wonderful way! Peace, love, and unity…some wonderfully sweet things. And that day when we all DO smile together…it’s coming!!

You too…have a wonderful week!!


Sibyl - alternaview August 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Lance: What a great video. Thanks for sharing it. I really couldn’t agree more with what you said about the power of a smile. How great is it that we get so much benefit from something as easy as smiling? It is all about taking advantage of our ability to smile and really enjoy all that life has to offer.


Lance August 5, 2010 at 5:43 am

Thank YOU!!! I know! Smiling is so easy to do and it doesn’t cost us a thing – and just look at the good that comes from it (for us and for those who experience our smile!)!!


Arpit August 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm

nice one 🙂


Lance August 7, 2010 at 6:21 am



J.D. Meier August 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Smiling is contagious … and it always has to make you think … are you smiling because you’re happy, or are you happy because you’re smiling?
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Lance August 8, 2010 at 5:28 am

That’s like – which came first, the chicken or the egg! And whatever it was, YES, a smile sure is contagious!!


Liara Covert August 10, 2010 at 1:00 am

To awaken to the feeling one embodies the pure joy and the smile is a timeless revelation.
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Lance August 10, 2010 at 8:39 am

That feeling of pure joy…it’s there within us. And when we let that joy out to the world around us, what a beautiful thing!


fitness girl February 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

Very well said..smiling can make you feel free! I love to smile every single moment of the day.


Lance February 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

Fitness Girl,
Keep smiling!!! It’s a pretty great way to feel good AND makes others feel good, too!!


Janet @ The Natural Networker August 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Lance, aloha. WOW! Congratulations on this amazing clip. Watching it, aside from making me smile, made me think of this quote from that chap Anonymous who says it so well. It is particularly appropriate for your video:

“Smiling is infectious; you can catch it like the flu. Some smiled at me today, and I started smiling too.”

Lance, thx for infecting me. Best wishes for terrific Sunday. Aloha. Janet
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Lance August 7, 2011 at 5:29 am

Aloha!! This was such a fun video to create – both creating my part of it, and in bringing the whole thing together! And the thing is – every time I watch it…I smile!! It sure is infectioius!!

Happy Sunday to you…and know that I’m sending smiles from Wisconsin to Y-O-U!!!!


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