Friendship Begins With One Smile

Posted on 27 July 2016

Starling & Ivy Friendship Begins with One Smile


While growing up, my house had a small placard chalkboard that hung on the door that led to our garage. In cursive the saying on it went, “Friendship begins with one smile.” And each day before school, I would read this sign, and give it a big toothy grin. So cheesy, I know. What can I say? I was a shy kid who was eager to make friends, and as a kid, it seemed that as long as I smiled, I’d always be able to make a friend.

As an adult, I think the recipe is the same; we just don’t use it as often as we should. From my own experience, I have so many thoughts running in my head on a daily basis that many times I forget to live in the moment and smile and connect with those around me. When I do remember, my days are more joyous. As humans, we are social creatures, and smiling is integral in our humanity and reminding each other that we all matter. 

So, Starlings, let’s smile more! Today and everyday, don’t leave home without your toothy grin. Our smiles are a gift to the world, for each smile is contagious and shares joy from one human to another, reminding us that we’re all friends.



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