To feel better, give a smile away

By Eileen Wiseman

Have you ever given anything away? Were you happy or sad when you did? I know of something you can give away and it will make you happy! And what is that you might ask? It is a smile. The way our world is now with all the bad things going on, we need to focus on happy things. I don’t mean for you to go around with a goofy grin all the time; but just try to think of the blessings in your life. We all have heartaches, health issues, family problems, and are just trying to get through the day. But we are still here fighting the good fight.

Start out each morning thankful for another day. Look in the mirror and tell yourself what a fabulous person you are. Think about all the people who love you and are glad you are in their lives. This may be fellow workers, children, grandchildren and friends. Then smile. It will make you feel better.

As you go about your daily routine, share your smile with people and say hello. You will be amazed at the outcome. You may just have made someone’s day. Perhaps they have conflict or trouble in their lives. For a brief moment, you can help them feel better and, in return, make yourself happier. I know we can’t be happy-go-lucky all the time, but try to look on the bright side.

We all have something to offer others. Start with a smile and see where it takes you.

I had an experience the other day. I was at Walgreens and it was hot. After loading my car with my stuff, a man said that he would take my cart back into the store for me. I smiled and told him “thank you” and he said, “Have a blessed day.” What a difference this act of kindness meant to me. Just a short exchange with a stranger let me know that there is good in the world.

We will be creating smiles on Senior Day at the Shelby County Fair. We will provide free lunches to the first 500 registered seniors. If you are a Senior Center member, you may register at the center and your lunch ticket will be waiting for you. Otherwise, you may get your ticket at the free entertainment tent by registering on Senior Day.

We have many upcoming events at the center. On Aug. 31, we will co-host Business after Hours with the United Way. Sept. 9 will be our 20th Anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and see what all we do at the best Senior Center around.

We are making plans for a fall fundraiser with crafts, a bake sale and more.

We also have an open-to-the-public dance, Oct. 20. Bill Corfield will entertain.

Remember … Smile … It makes people wonder what you’ve been up to!

By Eileen Wiseman

The writer is the director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.

The writer is the director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.