Smiling is a universally recognised expression of happiness, transcending language, culture and age to open hearts and minds. The intention behind offering Free Smiles is to encourage us all to smile more in life, especially at one another.
I started my Free Smiles project of carrying my Free Smiles sign while out for my daily exercise in September 2020. I value it as a powerful creative and spiritual practise through which I engage playfully and lovingly with the public. Through various lockdowns it has helped bring me strength and the resolve to connect and brighten up people's lives at a time of great isolation, confusion and fear. I see my Free Smiles practise as a natural evolution from Free Hugs which I have regularly offered for 12 years prior to the pandemic - as part of a wonderful worldwide movement.