During a conversation with a good friend a few days ago, I made a comment about how sometimes my resting/thinking face is a frowny face. It’s not because I’m mad at anything, but because I get so involved in the thinking part of it that sometimes my face just starts mimicking all by itself. Out of the blue, I made another New Year declaration: “I want to have a happy resting face!” Before I could even finish the sentence, my friend said: “I only know one person who always has a happy face and that’s Olaf.” If by any chance you’re one of those people who don’t know who Olaf is, then you need to pick up a copy of Frozen this second, watch it and then come back to reading this.
Now let’s see what’s so special about Olaf and why we should all strive to be more like him:
- He doesn’t need a reason to be happy. He just is. Even when things don’t go his way, he still finds a way to smile and be happy. When winter ends and he runs the risk of melting, he talks about the “happiest day of his life.” Not to mention that every little thing like getting a carrot nose makes his day.
- He sees the good in every person. He lives by the belief that if he holds people to their highest, they will rise to their highest. No matter how much the people around him try to close off and reject the world, he finds a way to open them up and show them the beauty around them.
- He’s adorable. He’s not afraid to be dorky or funny, because he knows that no matter what he does, his warm heart will always shine through.
- He’s authentic and naïve. His true heart is his true heart and no one can cast a shadow on it.
- He loves unconditionally. Since Olaf is the personification of the innocent love and joy of the two sisters Anna and Elsa, his love is pure and heartfelt. He doesn’t ask for anything in return, yet because his intentions are always so pure, he gets the world in return.
For many, Olaf may be just a cartoon character in a famous Disney movie, but if we all take a minute to be a little more like Olaf, can you imagine how much happier we would be? And maybe our resting faces would just be glowing with the tiniest smile all the time.