Miss YJ

Dear fellow Yellow Jackets,


Congratulations! We are halfway through the second semester. So for today’s article, I wanted to share an inspirational message with you on a topic that I hold very dear to my heart.


Recently, I wrote a blog post challenging my readers to smile a little bit more and to see the impact that it makes on their day and the days of the people around them. So R-MC community, I am going to challenge you to do the same thing.


It seems to me that people go through life rushed and hurried without stopping to enjoy life or to smile. Students rush to class, stop at Greenberry’s and down our coffee, get food to eat, do some homework, go to bed and start all over again without even having to think about it.


But imagine if you could take in your surroundings on your way to class or enjoy every sip of that coffee.


People are so caught up in this fast paced world that they forget to enjoy the little things in life, the things that make life worthwhile. A life that is always fast paced can easily become overwhelming

and stressful.


As we are only given one life to live, it is our responsibility to enjoy as much of life as possible. We should be crying fewer tears for sorrow and crying more tears because you laughed so hard it was inevitable.


We should be spending less time frowning and more time with your face hurting because you gave been smiling for so long. It is also our responsibility to make a difference in this world and to do amazing and incredible things.


Now you may be asking, how? How can I possibly make a difference on a planet filled with just about seven billion people on it? It is simple really; all you need to do is smile.


Just by being who you are, you are affecting every single person in your life.


You are also affecting the random people you walk by on the street, the cashier at the grocery store, and the barista who gives you your morning coffee. Whether you know it or not, you are affecting that person’s day and that person’s life.


Instead of walking into the grocery store just rushing to get home and constantly hurrying, breathe, calm down and slow down. Realize that this is your moment to look at the cashier and smile and ask them how their day has been. Instantly, you will improve the quality of that person’s life, and even if just for a moment, their attitude is more positive.


Imagine you walk by a girl on the street who looks distraught and sad. What are you going to do? Smile and maybe talk to her?


Or look away and keep on moving?


I bet most of you are saying to yourselves that you would do the first one, but in reality, you would not. Probably 90 percent of you would just keep on moving and going about your business; after all, you did not upset her.


The next day, you find out that girl that you walked by yesterday took her life.


What if all she needed was for one person to stop and show her they cared about her?


What if the one thing that could have saved her was your smile and your kindness?


In 2013, there were 41,149 reported suicides in America; that means that approximately every 12.8 minutes, someone died from suicide. Every act of kindness by you gets noticed, and even when you think nothing of it, it could mean the world to someone else.


Being nice is one of the best ways to improve your life. Instead of being judgmental, be gentle with people, and instead of being a bystander, stand up for people. Finally, remember to enjoy the little

things, and to smile much, much more.


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