Despite being an introvert, I have always said hello to someone when I passed him or her on the street. The same can be said when I run, too. I find myself shouting “Good morning!” to runners, walkers, mail carriers, landscapers, and any other person on the side of the road. Many times, these folks respond with a healthy “Hello” or “Hi there,” but many times, they do not.

Last Monday when I went running, I passed a very large number of people who apparently couldn’t give me the time of day. There I was, huffing and puffing on a humid morning, trying to catch a breath, and I still had enough left in me for a quick acknowledgment. I thought to myself, How about a simple hi, people? Or what about a smile?

And then I got thinking more and I realized that not everyone is like me. While I’m willing to say hi to or smile at everyone, others obviously aren’t. But what if they were? How much good could each person do simply by saying hello or flashing a smile at someone? Could a smile change a person’s day? Could it impact their outlook on life? Could it eventually change the world?

I, for one, believe that a simple smile can make a world of difference. So what I’m proposing is that as you go about your day, you try to smile at one person. ONE. Uno. Un. That’s it. Now, I know you’ll be forced to make eye contact in order for this challenge to work, but seriously, folks. We’re all humans. We’re all in this game called life together. We’re all in need of some TLC.

And you can provide that. With a smile.

Do you need to post about it? If you want to. I’m not a huge user of social media, but I’ll share this post with Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtag, #OneSmileChallenge. Maybe I’ll even tag a few folks who I think would actually be behind such an endeavor. (Like, I don’t know, Justin Trudeau, perhaps? Or maybe Lunchbox Love? My friends, Monday Blogs? And what about Ellen Degeneres or John Pavlovitz?) And I don’t even mind selfies. Take that selfie of you smiling and share it with the world. Just make sure you tag it #OneSmileChallenge.

All I’m hoping is that by making ourselves smile at least once a day, we can make ourselves feel better, make someone else feel better, and possibly make this world a better place.



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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.