Posted on April 18, 2013 | 2 comments


Smile! Children in Sudan (public domain image from Pixabay)

Last week Carol Burnett was on the MSNBC morning show, Morning Joe, and it was a fascinating interview. Carol Burnett’s variety show ran 11 years (1967 – 1978) and was not only a very popular show, it was a trailblazer for its time.

She was promoting her new book, Carrie and Me, a memoir about her relationship with her daughter, Carrie, who died of cancer in 2002. Here’s how Burnett describes the force that drew people to her daughter.

She had gone into a family-type restaurant and she had this big smile and she would smile and everyone would be open to her and she said, mama, I don’t know why people don’t smile more because if you walk into a room full of strangers and you smile, the world opens up to you…. I asked Carrie why she’s always so cheerful, and she said that every day, every morning I wake up and decide – and this is a key word, decide – today I’m going to love my life.

This really struck me – the power of a smile – not only for others but for ourselves.  

We all have a choice as to what we bring to a situation or interaction.

We can escalate anger or de-escalate.

We can tear down or build up.

We can see the beauty or we can be indifferent.

We can complain or take action.

We can destroy or we can help.

I wrote this post before the events of this week. Yet, even in the midst of tragedy, we have seen the power of a smile and a helping hand.


Also Read: Patti Smith’s (Ancient Chinese) Smile Therapy

Also Watch: Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are (TED Video)



  1. Today….I choose to smile 🙂 It is so true that only we have the choice of how we make our day!

  2. Thank you for the heartwarming and inspirational post about our ability to choose.

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