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Mother Teresa’s one-second remedy for finding peace during Advent and beyond


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 12/18/21

St. Teresa of Calcutta always gave the best advice in the simplest forms.

As we begin the fourth week of Advent, and light the fourth “Angel’s Candle,” we’re reminded of their message of “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.”

The problem is that it’s not always easy to find peace amongst the chaos of our daily lives — and even harder to feel peace towards those whom have caused disharmony in our lives.

Thankfully, we can draw on the timely advice of Mother Teresa who reminded us that “Peace begins with a smile.”

It may seem a little too good to be true, but those five words sum up exactly how we can find more peace.

If you think about the times when you’re out and about and feeling a little short-tempered, if someone flashes you a smile, you automatically feel your spirits lift.

You might also consider the moments in your life when your kids are driving you crazy. All it takes is a goofy, sticky smile and you’re heart instantly melts. Your annoyance turns to love and you feel more at peace.

So if we feel better when we receive a smile, imagine the good we could achieve if we share our smiles! If smiles lend themselves to peace, then perhaps this most simple of muscle movements could help a myriad of problems.

If you’re a little skeptical, try it out in these last days of Advent. See if you can help spread a little peace with your smile, and if you can get the whole family to join in, too!

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