"You smile a lot lately!"
These are the very words which flowed out of my husband's lips less than a half hour ago.
I initially stood with a frozen smile on my face, albeit for just a second. Quickly, my smile deepened, and I jokingly replied: "It's good, right? I assume this wasn't a criticism."
I laughed, we made eye contact, and I continued on my merry way.
Once in my bedroom, I proceeded to dress.
We are headed into town and with Christmas less than a week away, and my sons and their families arriving on Friday, there is still much to do.
There is a bubbling and exciting level of activity in our home and there is still much to be done: clean the house, make beds, finish the laundry, grocery shop, and I will spare you the rest.
As I slip each article of clothing on my body, I notice my house is quite chilled (68 degrees, frigid by Arizona standards). I know we have a fire going in the woodburning stove and again, I smile.
I smile, and I ponder my husband's spontaneous words.
"You smile a lot lately." He is right.
My life has changed much in the last three months. Daily, I forge ahead with intention and mindfulness. This Happiness Project has not only changed the way I tackle my days, which events and activities I chose to indulge in, and my goals; this Happiness Project has also changed me.
I do indeed smile more.
I have more to smile about.
Right now, I am grateful for my husband's words which spotlighted something I had not paused to notice.
Again, a smile bursts on my lips.
Smiling is contagious.
A smile is medicine not only to my soul but to those around me as well, even to the strangers I pass by.
Even now, gratefulness swells in my heart for all the blessings which used to be unseen and unnamed. I now see and acknowledge them with a grateful heart, which never fails to humble me and make me smile in thanksgiving.
"You smile a lot lately."
I do and don't mind if I do!