Let’s Smile :)

Smiling is infectious,

you catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today,

I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner

and someone saw my grin.

When he smiled I realised

I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,

then I realised its worth.

A single smile, just like mine

could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,

don’t leave it undetected.

Let’s start an epidemic quick,

and get the world infected!

We often tell young (and even adult) debaters that a smile can win over an audience before you’ve even started speaking – when someone smiles at you it’s so difficult not to smile back! I love this Spike Milligan poem, and in the current climate it really is spookily real advice. 

A happy smile, a nervous smile, a knowing smile, they all convey human-ness, and this is so important when trying to communicate. Otherwise you could be a robot/hologram. It’s actually pretty rare in person – it’s even rarer online.

Keep smiling in these difficult times, smile at those you’re working at home with and those you’re talking to over video link – it’ll make a difference.