When reading a book about the life of my confirmation saint, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla I was touched by her writings and letters.
especially this, from a letter to her husband written a few days before their wedding:
"St. Gianna wrote some of her thoughts on the value of a single smile, which her husband would later call her "true hymn to joy."
Smile at God, from whom every gift comes to us;
smile at the Father with ever more perfect prayer;
smile at the Holy Spirit;
smile at Jesus who you approach at Mass, in Holy Communion, and in Eucharistic adoration;
smile at the person who represents Christ on earth: the Pope;
smile at your confessor, the one who personifies God even when he challenges you to reject sin;
smile at the Blessed Virgin, to whose example you must conform your life, so that, seeing you, people might be led to holy thoughts;
smile at your Guardian Angel, because this angel has been given to you by God to lead you into Paradise;
smile at your parents, brothers, and sisters, even when they challenge your pride;
smile always in forgiving offenses;
smile in associating with others, banishing all criticism and murmuring;
Smile at everyone the Lord sends you during the day.
The world seeks joy, but cannot find it far from God. We must understand that our joy comes from Jesus.
With Jesus in our hearts, we bear joy--he is the strength that helps us.
Happiness is having Jesus in our hearts.
But the secret of happiness is to live moment by moment, and to thank the Lord for everything he sends us out of his goodness."
So, have you smiled today?