New Year’s Day feels like the untied bow on a brand new, beautifully wrapped gift.

Unlike gifts under our tree during the holiday season, this New Year gift will be unwrapped, one day at a time for the next 365 days.  I anticipate great things.  I’m like that with the mail too (US Mail and email both).  Sometimes when I open the mailbox there is something so amazing awaiting me… be it a love note from my sweet Teresa, a picture of my best friend’s son, a video of my nephew Jake making a full-court last second basketball shot before the buzzer sounds…well, you get the picture.

Today was another one of those great-surprise days.  A former class participant of mine sent a video link that I am now going to pass along to you.  This is 16 powerful minutes of happy – that made me appreciate the easiest gift of all… a smile that says, “you are perfect just the way you are.”  I think you’ll find this 16 minutes worth your time.  Here’s the video.

If you skip the video, I have one piece of advice for you as you set out to unwrap your next 365 days.  Smile.  That’s it, beautiful, just smile.   

Do not underestimate the power of your happiness.  You (yes, specifically you) have the power to change this world.  You take this power everywhere you go, so you might as well use it.  If you are at the gym, the bank, the grocery store, the doctor, the movies, the accountant, the park, the mall, or my favorite – Target, you come equipped with the power to dramatically impact the world.  Notice the people whose paths you cross.  Whether you speak or not, just smile.  In just one smile you can communicate that he matters, and that she matters.

Smile.  And the world smiles back.  Smile.  And you’ll feel the power of love coming right back at you with the force of a heart-shaped boomerang.  Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.  Smile – spreading cheer for the whole world to hear.

Again, here’s the video.  Along with your smile – spread this video.

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