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.