I am having one of those days where I do not feel all that smiley or happy but know that it is only with reframing our own thoughts and attitudes that our emotions and moods tend to follow. I also know that the world is full of happy moments that bring a smile to our faces and I only have to look through my photography back catalogue to see some of the faces that have smiled at me over the past four years and have given me such joy. So for anyone else having a gloomy Thursday here are some smiles from around the world to brighten your day.
If you smile through your pain and sorrow,
Smile though it may be tomorrow,
You’ll see the sun come shining through, for you,
Light up your face with glad ness
Hide every trace of sadness,
Although a tear may be ever so near,
That’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.
(Charlie Chaplain – Smile)
The ‘cheeky smile’ (taken in Nepal in 2012 for All We Can – formally known as MRDF)
The ‘nearly smiling smile’! (Taken in India in 2012)
The ‘I am proud of myself’ smile (Taken in India in 2012)
The ‘shy smile’ (Taken in Sri Lanka in 2010)
The ‘it feels so good to sit down after a long day at work smile’ (taken in Mali in 2012 for All We Can – formally known as MRDF)
The ‘creating a thing of beauty and I know it smile’ of a sari weaver (taken in India in 2012)
The ‘age does not matter’ smile (taken in Mali in 2012)
The ‘chilled out smile’ (taken in The Gambia in 2014)
The ‘grateful for the simple things smile’ (taken in Nicaragua in 2013 for The Methodist Church of Great Britain)
The ‘confident and proud smile’ (taken in Morocco in 2013)
The ‘natural smile’. The best kind of smile. This girl was just sat in her window smiling at the world going by (taken in Mozambique in 2013)
Finally, ‘the welcoming smile’. The kind of smile that greets strangers and lifts their day (taken in Mozambique in 2013)