“Every day may not be good but there’s something good in every day. To make your day good, start it with a smile. A simple smile can do you and the other person whom you shared your smile with good things,” Fr. Victor M. Munar shared in his homily.

 The 82nd anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment held at the National Educators Association of the Philippines (NEAP), Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City on December 8, 2015 started with a mass. In his message, Fr. Munar pondered on two things: To have a good life, smile everyday and to think positive.

 It is the duty of DOLE employees to help people who seek for decent employment and solutions to their problems. Their needs may not all be provided, but the best thing that you can give is your best smile. Your smile may lighten their heavy burden. “Start your day with a smile, as smile is the only thing from which you can please someone,” he said.

 Being optimistic brightens our life. This reminds him of his mentor, the late Bishop Rasul who has a very positive outlook in life. The Bishop always looks at people as good and nobody is bad. He looks at their heart, not on their physical appearance. Fr. Munar shared that we could see clearly who that person is through his heart. The best is sometimes hidden and is invisible to our naked eyes.

 Optimists believe that their own actions result in positive things happening. They are responsible for their own happiness, and that they can expect more good things to happen in the future. Optimists don’t blame themselves when bad things happen. They view bad events as results of something outside of themselves.

 This writer shares a quotation that collaborates what the speaker said, “A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.”(Ndtv)

 To make his points clearer, Fr. Munar shared his personal experiences. Cesar D. Cacayuran