A smile can go a long way

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Today I met Margaret, a 91 year old lady being assessed for her long term accommodation needs. She is suffering with high anxiety, low confidence and loneliness. She doesn’t have a family and longs for company. She commented on how nice my smile was when I met her and it made me realise how important the little things in life are, particularly to those like Margaret, who are struggling.

Smiles alone cannot heal physical or mental pain, or miraculously cure the latest epidemic of loneliness, but they can certainly offer brief relief. They can make someone feel momentarily less alone and help make them feel a little more connected and present in this world.