A smile says a thousand words. I receive better reception from others when I first greet them with a smile.

Admittedly, some conversations are difficult. It is challenging to reprimand people, especially when they are doing their best. But when it is my responsibility to correct someone, I start the discussion with a smile.

When I release that beam, it signals that my expressions are coming from a sincere place. Breaking down that barrier allows communication to be more effective.

My interactions with strangers on the street also begin with a smile and a warm greeting. There are times when people need that smile. I take the time to let them know that someone cares about them.

When I am called to do presentations, the crowd can be intimidating. I remind myself to smile as I deliver my initial greeting. A smile helps me to remain calm, especially when I see others smiling back at me.

It also helps others to know that I am approachable and easy to talk to. My question and answer sessions are successful because I start with that openness.

Today, I acknowledge the remarkable benefit that comes from having a pleasant demeanor. My ongoing commitment is to smile with each person I encounter. Taking that route to kinship helps to make the world a better place.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. How do I respond when my smile is met with anger or disdain?
2. Which situations make it more difficult for a mere smile to break the barrier?
3. What other strategies can I use to let others feel comfortable enough to talk to me?