I know I don't usually write on a very serious note but I recently had an experience that made me appreciate the little things in life.
Walking by myself on the outskirts of town a few days ago I passed an elderly lady who was walking her dog, I smiled at her and said hello, thinking nothing of it. To my surprise she stopped me and her face was filled with joy. She thanked me for smiling at her because she said "I have passed so many people on my walk today and you are only the second person to smile at me". She then went on to tell me how all the evil is lifted from the world when we smile and told me to keep smiling because she thinks its beautiful. As we parted I told her to have a nice day and she said "Thanks love, you too."
This five minute chat with a complete stranger somehow had the power to put me in a fantastic mood all day. I think the fact that it was such a short conversation was the reason why I felt so moved by it. This conversation which some people may find silly made me realise how something as simple as a smile can be enough to lift someones day. I don't know where that lady was from, I don't know where she was going and I don't know if she has any family, but I do know that by taking two seconds out of my day to make an effort conversing with her, it ended up having a longer lasting positive effect on me and I hope it did the same for her.
No matter what you're going through or who you meet, always smile! Its the prettiest thing you can wear and will never go out of fashion!