How to create world peace, one smile at a time.

11 02 2015

“It takes a lot of energy to be negative.  You have to work at it.  But smiling is painless.  I’d rather spend my energy smiling.” ~Eric Davis

“I don’t know why some people are perpetually crabby – it’s so hard to be crabby and so easy to be happy.” ~My Aunt Lee Herg

I note that one of our own organizational competencies is Collaboration.  One way to collaborate in the workplace is to laugh together.  Sound crazy?  I don’t think so.  If you see a fellow employee who is down in the dumps, it took something for them to get there, because both of our quotes above describe something that I believe with all my heart.  It’s easy to be happy, and it takes energy to be sad, angry or grumpy.  So, your co-worker who is down got pushed there, somehow.  Maybe you even had something to do with it – maybe not.

Either way, think about how easy it would be to help them “un-wind” that grumpy spring.  Say something kind, tell a joke, point out how the situation could be viewed of as silly instead of tragic.  Help them find the way back to laughter.  Once they’re there, it will be contagious.  Our customers will leave happier, their family situation will improve, and on and on.  Who knows – maybe it ends up at world peace?!?!?  Just like a butterfly can flap in Asia and cause a hurricane in America, maybe you helping your co-worker smile will be the first step to world peace!  Maybe not, but it’s worth a try.  If nothing else, you’ll make each other’s day just a little bit better.  Just sayin’.

Speaking of smiling…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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