Job 29:24 – When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them.
I believe what you sow, you will reap. We may be inflicted by severe emotional pain, yet we can still find ways to share some kindness with others.
For one thing, if you are grumpy, and if you aren’t nice to others, such as your family, they will get grumpy with you.
How you treat people even in those difficult, dark valley moments of your soul can influence not only the life of your friends and family, but yours as well.
How we treat others is a reflection of what’s being held in our hearts. So when someone is mean to us, we're not to be mean back. What we can do is find a reason to say "thank you" about what they've done for you in the past or you could say, "I can tell something is going on in your life that's difficult. Is there anything I can do for you?"
All it takes is to smile and say thank you, showing your gratitude to those around us and not just those who are kind.
Tinybuddha.com in their article, “4 Ways to be Kind When You Don’t Feel Like It.” The article talks about acknowledging that you should be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle – Plato. Also, horrible people usually do horrible things because they are hurting. Deep down, they already feel horrible about themselves. The article also has suggestions on how to not treat people horribly and to ask yourself why you feel the need to be mean to someone.
The smile you give to someone may be something they truly need and is precious to them as the Bible verse above says. So, exercise your face and smile more. It’ll do your body good.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.