A Smile a Day Can Go a Long Way

I remember the first time one of my residents told me, "You're such a good nurse!" It made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy, and gave me the reassurance and satisfaction that I was indeed, doing a good job and making my residents feel important and well taken care of. Not only well cared for, but cared about. Today, I got three of those warm and fuzzy compliments in one day. Not to toot my own horn (toot toot) lol, but it feels good to be acknowledged every now and then for a job well done. More importantly, I love when my residents say things like, "Your smile brightens my day", or "I look forward to our conversations at the end of the day", or "I was having a bad day until I saw you". It feels good to know that I'm making a difference in their day, because that's all I've ever wanted to do, is make a difference.

My resident was telling me today how thankful he is to of grown up in the time period he did, "back when life was simple", he said. He talked about how he doesn't know how us kids do it now a days with the expectations and stresses that are put upon us. He said, "Sometimes I sit back and watch the world and everyone looks like a bunch of ants scurrying out of an hole. Everyone's always in a hurry. They've always got something to do, or somewhere to be. I sit here and watch the news and think what is the world coming too? It makes me feel sorry for you kids. I think about my grandkids and wonder what the world's going to be like in another 10 years when they get out there on their own." It's scary, I agreed. Times are definitely changing and we're seeing those changes right before our very eyes. "Well, I know you work hard, and I know you're a strong woman, and I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do and let you know how happy your smile makes me. Don't let this world ever take your smile away. Stay positive!" 

That kind of energy and positivity was exactly what I needed this week after been feeling a little down. Not because anything in particular had happened, but because I finally realized something. Do you ever watch a funny or cute video on Facebook or see a funny or cute picture, and start scrolling through the comments to read what other people commented? I understand that we the people, have freedom of speech, but we the people also have feelings, and it's so sad to watch the world knocking each other down, instead of building each other up. People always laugh and joke that "adulting" is hard. I think the hardest part about living in the real world, is seeing how hateful the real world actually is.

On a positive note though, it's days like yesterday that make me love my job. It's days like those that remind me why I choose to smile rather than frown, why I choose positivity over negativity, and why I choose happiness over sadness, because in this great big world of ours, where so many people choose to knock each down, instead of build each other up, sometimes a smile a day can go a long way.  

                                                 Don't forget to share your smile with the world today. 


  1. Love this. The world really is changing before us and it is crazy how different things are. But no matter the times, a smile will always brighten the day!!!

  2. We definitely could all remember to smile more because we never know when it could brighten somebody else's day if they're having a rough one. I love getting compliments at work too, it just helps me to know that other people recognize that I'm doing a good job.

  3. That's great to hear when others acknowledge you and how you make such a difference in their world! They say it takes less muscles to smile than it does frown. It's good to see the positive in life and in your job. I know I struggle with this a good bit. My job is super stressful so I'm not smiling often but that may be the difference in my attitude. It's also good to just sit down and really realize what we have instead of rushing through life as quickly as we can to get to the next task.

    liz @ j for joiner


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