I Smile First is a gifting project started by Margaret Meps Schulte, author of Strangers Have the Best Candy and The Joyful Bear. The premise is simple: We encourage 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!
We offer free Smile Cards to anyone who wants to participate. This means you! These little gems give you the handy means to thank people who smile back (or who smiled first at you!) and cheer up folks who are not smiling.
We believe in the following statement, known as 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
Want to learn more? Read about how I Smile First got started.