There is almost nothing better.

The feeling of pure and simple joy as you receive this precious gift.

The feeling of satisfaction as you give this precious gift.

It is uniquely amazing.

It is incredibly easy and filled with the power to make someone’s day. It can be shared with a friend, or a stranger in a coffee shop. It could also be given to someone really close to you—someone you love. They may really need it most of all.

What is this gift?

It’s a smile.

Your smile.

It’s yours and it’s powerful.

It is also a choice.

If you wait for your circumstances to change to be happy, you’ll miss the gift of joy today. If you wait to look better, lose weight or get a better job, you’ll miss the gift of today. If you wait for the perfect relationship or a bigger house, you’ll miss out on experiencing joy today. You can choose to be happy and choose to smile, or you can wait.

Don’t wait to be happy.

I choose to smile. I choose to be happy, today. My life is not perfect, by any means, but it is my life, and I choose for it to be awesome! I am not always bubbling with happiness, and that is ok. I am real. I am honest with myself about things I want to change. I move forward, making positive changes in my life, and smiling along the way.

For the most part, I am happy. I enjoy my life because I choose to enjoy my life. I choose to smile and I choose happiness.

Smiling is freedom. It frees me to enjoy my day, knowing I am doing my best and that while things are not perfect, it’s my choice and my gift to enjoy the journey.

Today I encourage you to smile. Enjoy your day. Smile at a friend. Smile at a stranger. You can do it and you may just learn to love it.

Happiness, like many things in life, is a habit.

Today I choose happiness and I invite you to do the same. You can do it!


Coach Brett Blair