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Get ready to smile from the inside out

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Get ready to smile from the inside out

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Have you seen this Coca-Cola commercial? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auNSrt-QOhw The fact that's it's a Coke ad doesn't even matter. I love the message. In a world that can hold so much hostility and hatred, it's inspiring to see the good. And there IS good. A lot of it. I'd like to follow in Coca-Cola's footsteps and shine some light on a few good deeds. These stories are so uplifting and inspiring. They made my heart smile and I want you to smile, too. Five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was playing on her front lawn one afternoon when authorities believe she was abducted by a man who lured her by offering her ice cream. Neighbours and police scoured the area for over two hours. Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend, took off on their bikes to search. They spotted Jocelyn in a sedan and chased the car for 15 heart-pounding minutes. The driver, knowing he was being followed, stopped the car at the end of a hill and let her out. Little Jocelyn ran to Temar and told him she needed her mom. "He's our hero. There are just no words to say," said Tracey Clay, Jocelyn's grandmother. Wow! I couldn't agree more. The kids' quick thinking and perseverance saved this little girl from harm's way. Way to go boys! And check this out... Isn't it ironic that Temar is wearing a Coke T-shirt?! Brothers, Dave and Jim Schuelke run a plumbing company that handles pipe problems in the Burbank California area. They responded to an urgent call from a condominium homeowner's association to look into a leak in the building's garage. During their investigation, Dave arrived at a condo belonging to Dorothy and John Cothran. He noticed their son, Steve, 50, propped up in a hospital bed with an amputated leg due to diabetes and John who has Parkinson's disease in a nearby bed. He also took note of their small bathroom which was ill-equipped to handle the demands of Steve's disability. Immediately, Dave saw the life stripped out of Dorothy because of the difficulty she faced in her everyday life. Overcome with emotion, he decided that he would do what he could to help her. Together with his brother, a team of about 15 workers and the generous donations of their regular suppliers, they were able to transform the little bathroom into a functional space that could accommodate Steve's wheelchair. "We must get a hundred service calls a day" they said "this one just captured our hearts". And you...Dave and Jim have just captured mine! A friend of mine recently posted this video on her Facebook page along with a simple message: "This made me smile." Me too. Actually... I'm still smiling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzm169vH97o I hope this becomes a worldwide trend and never ever loses its spark. It's way too beautiful. The older I get, the more I realize that life really isn't that complicated. It's actually quite simple: Treat others as you want to be treated and love with all your heart. It's the gifts of the heart, the gifts of yourself, that make this world a better place and keep us smiling. Smiling from the inside out. After all, isn't it true that a smile is the most beautiful thing we will ever wear? Have you come across any inspiring stories or gifts of the heart? We'd love to hear about them. Please share them in the comments box below.
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