I Smile First is an initiative that encourages people to be the first to smile in any encounter. Smiling is easy, and it’s free — what a great way to increase happiness and civility in our communities! All you have to do to join is take the I Smile First Pledge:
“Each of us is worthy of a smile. When I encounter another person, I will offer them a kind smile.”Click to take the Pledge
In November of 2017, I Smile First was the recipient of a Burnt Oranges Community Action Grant at AfterBurn: Restoration. We’re using the grant to launch I Smile First, including setting up our website and ordering our first batch of pledge cards. We’re looking for opportunities to share the I Smile First message — can you help us find places to share our smiles and teach and encourage others? If so, please let us know! You can use our contact form or call Meps at 772-360-4568.
I Smile First was created by Margaret Meps Schulte, author of Strangers Have the Best Candy and The Joyful Bear. She was traveling through an airport and discovered that when she smiled at another person, regardless of whether they were smiling at her, they often seemed startled and then smiled back. She now goes out of her way to smile first wherever she goes, and she’s gratified by the success of this simple, teachable practice.