a happy or friendly expression on the face in which the ends of the mouth curve up slightly, often with the lips moving apart so that the teeth can be seen

The world is a busy place full of people, most of whom we’ll never meet, never talk to, never get to know. But every single one of us has our own unique stories, our own history. We’re all stumbling through highs and lows of life, succeeding and struggling, failing and flourishing.

It’s human nature to be emotional - but sometimes we get so caught up in our own feelings that we can forget that others are experiencing a whole range of different emotions too. Too easily, day-to-day life can feel isolating - so what can we do to connect with others around us and support each other?

All it takes is a smile.

A little upturning of the mouth and a sparkle in the eyes. It really is that simple. Expressing such a minute display of kindness can help not just you feel better, but others too. It’s amazing what taking a moment to appreciate others around you by sending a little ray of positivity their way can do.

So smile at the old man on the train. Smile at the cashier at the supermarket. Smile at the toddler who gazes at the world with utter fascination. Smile at your friends and family.

Just smile.