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We all meet and know a considerably huge number of people; some we like, some we don’t, and some are tasteless to the point that we can’t even decide whether we like them or not. Some remain good friends, some become ‘less favorable” and some just pass by without leaving a single trail.

Among those we like are very few “inspiring angels” and “smile ambassadors” (or at least that’s what I like to call them) you can’t help but smile when they cross your mind, you hear their names, or see their faces. This smile could be a smile of comfort, appreciation, admiration, positive energy, reliability, mere joy, or any other serene and comforting quality. Those people are blessed, as the people they have them around are blessed too.

It’s great to have some of those people around, and it’s even greater to be one of those people who make others smile… It’s true that for some it just comes naturally, but I do believe that a good heart filled with pure, unconditional love and charity can turn anyone and everyone to one of those beautiful people.

What do you think?


“Smile it’s contagious”.  A beautiful expression that holds a perfect truth and a wonderfully positive message worth living and spreading, for it does wonders. Likewise, anger is contagious… And it also does wonders!!! As a matter of fact, anger could be a master of all evil since it “does not listen perfectly to reason.”

However, one cannot deny that human nature and anger have always been best friends, and it is extremely difficult for a lot of people to eliminate it from their lives (or even reduce it). Well, that’s understandable with regards to our world filled with negativity, aggression, and hatred, not to mention hard living conditions, psychological disorders, abuse, and many more. Fair enough… Let’s not worry then about eliminating it now (though we should), but rather try to be more practical. Why not minimizing its negative effects, which make the lives of many living hells. Why not working on deflating the arrogant importance of anger, which makes all what results from anger, from misunderstandings to fights and greater sins, seems ridiculously insignificant.

I think trivializing anger could be a great step toward controlling anger,hence eliminating it, which will eventually bring constant peace of heart and mind, the key ingredients to happiness.

How to trivialize it?? Well, it’s a long story that starts with “smile, it’s contagious! 😉


A lot of times I feel out of inspiration! I wonder what to write or what to say and find it hard to be creative, then I look around me and smile!
When I look around I realize that every single human being, plant, animal, scenery, natural element is a great source of inspiration. It is enough to just really look around, contemplate and open my heart and mind to start ‘receiving’!
We are never out of inspiration, we’re sometimes just not in the mood!

My two boys had their piano final exam 2 days ago. I was trying hard to make them feel relaxed and enjoy it using my special “supportive skills” 😉 Well, it turned out at the end much easier and less complicated then I thought…

I have two totally different types of kids. The younger one rarely shows signs of stress about a test or performance; he always acts cool about it, he never mentions it except to know what his reward would be if he made it, and set some bargains 🙂 On the other hand, the older one considers it a huge responsibility, worries a lot about his ‘image’, stresses about it and sometimes becomes irritable and emotional.

Two days before their performance, their keyboard wire broke by “magic” 😀 My husband and I decided not to replace it, and stopped mentioning the test.

The night before the exam I talked to them about the importance of being positive thinkers and having self-confidence. I told them I was very proud of them no matter what the results would be, and that I was very sure they were going to pass their test very easily… Well, I tried to prepare them and help them overcome their stress and focus only on the rewards they would get when they pass. For my younger son it was very smooth and easy, for he did not seem that worried. For the older one, it needed some extra hugs…

Well, of course I would like to give my lectures and support all the credit for my boys’ great performance the following day, but it was not really the case! I mean it did help them a great deal ;), but what did most of the job were two major things:

  1. Some extremely crazy moments they spent with their father, where they sang, listened to very loud music, yelled, laughed, jumped, joked around, etc. This helped them let go of all the stress, get distracted, and become much more relaxed.
  2. A very welcoming and smiley examiner. As they stepped inside the examination room, they could clearly see his big smile and feel his supportive and kind attitude, which relieved them and made them more comfortable discussing their performance and all the other related stuff.

Very simple things may help us release our tension, let go of our worries and stress, and perform much better. Most of the times a positive thought, a smile, a song or a dance could perfectly do the job!


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