Image via Wikipedia"Your smile is always a step ahead of you." ~zenshine
Buddhist monks will tell you that their smile is a meditation, a sort of mantra of the facial muscles. The Dalai Lama is never seen without his smile. Science will tell you that it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, or that smiling releases endorphins that make you believe you're happy whether you are or not.
But when I set that intention, I feel myself warming up to the world, and the corners of my mouth just want to turn up, kind of like Tonka. And I notice as we pass people on our walk, they light up as we get closer. Almost everyone smiles at least a little, but they light up, like a bulb being turned on, and I feel their warmth. It's a very real connection whether we say good morning or not, whether we talk or not.