Charlene Costanzo, author of The Twelve Gifts From The Garden, has a few words about smiles and the joy they can bring to our lives.

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. ~ Joseph Addison

Seeing the flower petals scattered along the pathways when I walk through this botanical garden on Sanibel Island stirs gratitude in my heart. And that appreciation leads me to more joy. Along with speading smiles and kindness today, let’s keep our hearts open and receptive to beauty, courage, and compassion as well as to joy. Notice when you feel gratitude and how joy accompanies it. Notice the degrees of joy you experience too. Joy can be large, loud, grand and sweeping like a great orchestra playing “Ode to Joy.” Joy can also be like the softest purring of a new kitten.JOY. It’s always uplifting and wondrous, I say. What do you say about joy? What sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and textures stir joy for you? I’d love to hear from you.

Uplifted and hopeful,

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