This little guy is a pro smiler. He won a championship a month ago and just flew to Europe for the National competition. He has been practicing for under a year and has already mastered the art. He wins the judges over with the extra touch of showing off his little teeth with that great big happy grin. This next year he will be courting sponsors and start a trust fund for himself for college. Alan plans on charting up a charity to support less smile prone children across the world to deal with the issues that are preventing them from finding their smile and having joy. Truly an accomplished boy for just being one.
Ok, that was all a silly made up story…
But it could be part truth. It is amazing how much a smile does matter. And when you are a happy person filled with joy your potential to do good in the world is limitless.
A smile can carry a person through so many of the hard things life throws at you. Little orphan Annie was pretty brilliant with her understanding of that fact.
I found this is Forbes magazine:
A UC Berkeley 30-year longitudinal study examined the smiles of students in an old yearbook, and measured their well-being and success throughout their lives. By measuring the smiles in the photographs the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting their marriages would be, how highly they would score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the above. And they had a longer lifespan!
Alan, with your beautiful smile I know that I will see you again someday. I’ll be watching the news and here all about the big, wonderful things that you are doing to make a world a better place. And I’ll pat myself on the back and say to myself, “I knew it. All the way back when I was your Tukwilla baby photographer, I knew it!”