Mother Teresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you really don’t want to smile at; do it for peace”. Is it true that love and compassion comes rushing to one person once he smiles? Not necessarily.
However, one can reduce the level of hatred he has towards the other person by smiling. Smiling is contagious. Once you smile at a person, it results in the other person smiling back at you.
So, at least at that instance, there are no moments of hatred, and momentarily, you don’t have negative feelings towards the other person. This is how the journey towards peace begins.
When there is love and compassion, there is no room for hatred. Today, countries fight with each other for power and resources. However, they don’t work on internal problems that are affecting the citizens of the country.
If, instead of promoting hatred for other countries, a nation provides food and shelter for its citizens and eradicates poverty, the world would be a better and a happier place to be in.
Smiling is powerful. It can change millions of lives for the better. Instead of using weapons, countries should have peaceful talks and they should show love and concern for other nations by smiling with their hearts.
A smile is not a superficial gesture that starts and ends on the face; it comes from the heart and touches the heart of the recipient. Love and peace can work wonders.
Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi, two advocates of peace, have proven to the world that a smile goes a long way. And a smile has never hurt anyone. When you smile, you embrace the other person with open arms, and you are one step closer to establishing and maintaining cordial ties.