So growing up, I was always naturally shy.
It has taken a lot of me to break out of my shell and become better at communication.
I am pretty darn functional now and this old habit won't hinder my nursing career.
But, there is still something that I have been pushing myself to do since before nursing school: smile more.
Smile. smile at strangers, smile at a dog, smile at yourself in the mirror, just smile.
smile at the cashier, smile at the custodian, smiling can really make a difference.
Since I have been in nursing school, I have meet people who naturally smile all the time.
Seeing them do this, has inspired me to do so as well.
I feel like its getting easier but like with everything, it takes time.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.