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Email of the Day: Spread Joy With Your Smile

By Dr. Laura on July 27, 2023
Female nurse smiles and sits on armchair while looking at man in uniform

In my first assignment as an Army nurse, I was stationed at a hospital in what was then West Germany. Every day, as I got ready to enter the ward on which I worked, I’d find the usual cares and woes riding along on my shoulders. When I reached for the door handle, however, I would make myself take a deep breath, blow it all out, and then plaster on a huge smile. I figured my patients didn’t need to deal with MY stuff, as I was there to help THEM. So many of my patients commented that my big smile, as I came through that door, was one of the things (and sometimes the only thing) that helped get them through the worst days of their lives. It still chokes me up to think of that.



Taking care of β€œJoe” – the affectionate term used to describe the β€œeveryman” soldier – was the best part of my life. I was so honored to be entrusted with that responsibility. Putting that smile on my face actually made ME happy – instantly! It really works! You find that you aren’t just smiling, but you are giving your smile to someone else. In one of those funny ways of life, it is then your heart that benefits.




Spread Joy With Your Smile


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