Last year, I made two types of New Years’ resolutions.
I had multiple yearly goals for both my personal and professional life. This year, I’m doing the same thing, but I have just one resolution for both; smile more.
Throughout the week, I catch myself sporting a deadpan look on my face all the time. I do it while I’m working, commuting, cooking and exercising, among other activities. It probably makes me seem like I’m annoyed or indifferent, and my guess is that it doesn’t make my life more enjoyable.
So this year, I pledge to smile more. In meetings, when I write, while walking, doing chores or traveling to work. There is no reason to look so serious all the time.
As I tackle this resolution, I’m also excited to see the effect it will have on others. For instance, when you smile at someone, whether a stranger, coworker or loved one, they can’t help but smile back (most of the time). You can have a positive effect on others just by simply smiling more yourself. Sometimes a kind gesture is all you need to turn someone’s day around or make a situation more enjoyable for yourself.
This year, I’m smiling more at work and at home. My hope is to not only make every mundane situation more enjoyable, but also make other people’s lives a little bit brighter too.
What’s your resolution for 2015?