The benefits of smiling for you, your relationships and others are LEGIT. Smiling has been found to:
Giving unsolicited advice to people rarely helps them. While it feels productive and pleasing to the advice-giver, it usually makes the person on the receiving end defensive and self-doubting.
On the subway the other day I saw a guy take his backpack off to make room for another passenger desperate to get into the car. As he removed his bag he looked her in the eye and asked gently ‘can you fit?’. ‘
You cannot find fulfillment without first knowing what fulfillment looks like to you.
You cannot show empathy and compassion to others without first showing empathy and compassion to yourself.
You cannot correctly interpret what you sense in the external world without first correctly sensing what lies in your internal world.
Self-wisdom is the prerequisite to worldly wisdom.