In the last few weeks the whole world, or at least the UK, seems to have gone utterly insane. I have never, ever witnessed such an outpouring of venom on social media. Human beings viciously attacking each other, no topic off limits – all out social war.
I have said my piece on the whole referendum debacle, and I’ll say no more (for the moment). What I want to concentrate on today is positivity. Not positivity for the future of the UK, but positivity for the unification of the people living here. Because, let’s face it, at the moment we are completely divided.
The power of a smile
I was wandering around the fruit and veg section of a supermarket the other day, and as I reached for a bag of bananas I caught the eye of the elderly woman next to me. I looked at her, she looked and me and I smiled. For a second she seemed slightly surprised. This was the day after the EU news and I think most of us were still in shock. Then she grinned from ear-to-ear.
“People are being so nasty about older voters, I’m afraid to look anyone in the eye,” she said.
Isn’t that one of the saddest things you’ve ever heard? A person being too scared to smile at a stranger. What has Britain become?
We should all smile more often; in general. The very simple act of smiling or laughing can make you happier.
But even better: smile at a stranger. No matter what your thoughts and feelings on Brexit, no matter how angry you are, offer a smile.
Most of us are angry, or hurt, or confused, or worried. But turning on each other is only going to tear this country apart. Because we somehow have to move forward, because this tiny island we call home is not big enough to split into two, because the very person you are hating used to be your friend. By all means fight for your cause, stand up for what you believe in and march in the streets – but let’s not fight each other.
Try this instead: look strangers in the eye, and give them a genuine smile. In most cases, you’ll get a smile in return.
End result? You’ll paint the world a happier place with your smile. And yes, it may sound like cheesy, new-age claptrap but we have to start somewhere. And never underestimate the power of a smile – Leonardo da Vinci didn’t 🙂