Going through today, why don’t you see how many people you can get to smile.
Often, your smile is all it takes.
Sometimes a little more connection is needed. Comment on something to connect - to the seemingly sullen clerk who is not even making eye contact with you - “I love your earrings.”
To the lady in front of you in line who is unloading her basket as her child is fussing, “Your baby is gorgeous!” That’ll get a smile most every time.
To the coworker who seems to be having a hard morning, “I’m going to get a cup of coffee - may I get you one?”
To the person approaching the same door as you are, “Please” as you hold out a gracious hand to indicate he should go first.
To the toll booth operator, “You are doing a SUPER job.”
To the maintenance man or woman, “Thank you for keeping this place so nice. Thank you for your work!”
See how many you can win! Their smile just warmed their heart and yours!!
Dr Chris Baker
America's most-trusted teacher of orthodontic continuing education, Dr. Chris Baker has practiced and taught for more than 30 years, and is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools. She is a pediatric dentist, author, blogger, dental practice consultant, and mentor. Dr. Chris is also Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society. She is based in Texas, USA, but lectures around the world.
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