The sages taught that smiling is like a cold refreshing glass of milk on a burning hot day.
I experience effects of the mighty smile whenever someone doesn’t avert their gaze and instead warmly graces me with a smile.
It deeply affects me emotionally by making me warm and fuzzy inside.
This is especially important in the frigid Ottawa weather!
I also make it a point to smile all the time. I feel this is especially important for me in my condition.
For example, in my recent hospital incarceration in the dreaded ICU, I smiled about something and my nurse expressed surprise at this and left my “jail” room.
A friend who was standing nearby said to me that they weren’t used to patients in the fearful ICU smiling!
Another place that I smile is in our Shul.
As I roll down the aisle near the front of the men’s section I always smile at the people. This elicits a smile in return.
I’m guessing that they are feeling warm and fuzzy inside!