Confession: Most of my time here in the blogosphere is spent scouting out the newest styles and trends while helping my readers avoid a multitude of dreaded fashion faux pas. Although battling visible panty lines and mismatched dress/shoe combinations is indeed a worthy cause, I sometimes feel the need to step away from the bling and booties and more towards a worthier cause.
I have always believed that the only accessory you really need to look fabulous, is a smile. Flash a smile and you instantly look better. Try it, I dare you. A good smile has the power to make your eyes sparkle, get you out of a speeding ticket, or help you meet the man of your dreams. Smiles exude confidence, happiness and warmth.
Here's the thing: What if you couldn't smile?
More than 200,000 children are born with conditions that leave them unable to smile. Many cannot eat, speak or socialize. In some areas of the world, these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.
Since 1982, Operation Smile has served as an international ambassador of smiling, changing lives one smile at a time. Through the help of dedicated medical volunteers, celebrity Smile Ambassadors, (i.e. Jessica Simpson, Molly Sims, Matthew Fox, Brooke Burke and Maggie Rizer) and partnerships with companies like CampusBookRentals.com, this charitable organization has provided free surgeries to children around the world to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities, giving thousands of children per year literally something to smile about.
Today, more than 160,000 girls and boys are smiling thanks to Operation Smile, and you can help double or even triple that number. You might dismiss this post with the same annoyance you'd reserve for a chain letter that beckoned you to do something you thought was stupid, but guess what? It takes 43 muscles to frown and only 17 to smile, and you're lucky that you even can smile, so poo on you. p.s. You're going to have 10 years bad luck.
I'll leave you with one last thought before I step off of my smile soapbox.
What if your child couldn't smile? Imagine what your world would be like if you were unable to enjoy that glowing grin that fuels you everyday.
Learn more about Operation Smile and donate today, because the only thing better than flashing smiles, is spreading them.