The friends I have in this town and other places tell me that I bring them a smile, make them laugh and spread joy and encouragement whenever I get the opportunity.

I love to hear that!

It brings me joy because I want to be a blessing to all people. I try to do that with a beard-covered smile that sometimes is difficult to see.

I promise that I’m smiling on the inside.

I try to make eye contact with people, but that’s a tough one these days with phones in the way. All I might want to say is a simple “hello,” but the two-way communication breaks down.

I like to ask friends how they’re doing, and if there’s enough time find out what’s going on in their lives.

Being in the newspaper reporting and writing world for five years, maybe I should try asking more of those questions that always begin with “Tell me about...” or “What’s that mean?” Then again, there’s a time and place for how to ask questions of people.

I thrive on sharing compliments and saying “thank you.” My parents did good by me with that one.

Too bad it’s becoming a lost art and there’s less meaning in saying good things to others and you must be careful because you might offend someone.

This column is more difficult to write this week because of the daily headlines.

It’s like my wife when she talks about her need for coffee on a bad day. She says, “I think this is gonna be a five-cupper!”

That’s the day I tread lightly and make sure the dishwasher is unloaded.

Truthfully, there have been several tragic days both at home and in other places like Las Vegas and foreign countries where our soldiers from “The Great Place” stand at the ready.

I don’t make it a habit to watch “Ellen” every day, but what draws me to her show is the magnificent things she does for people. It’s the most unselfish show on television.

She’s also great about awarding people for their accomplishments. She showcases acts from 3-year-old performers to star-studded guests.

The day after the shooting in Las Vegas, she sat alone in the studio and admitted to her audience that in her production meeting that morning she was asking herself, ‘What kind of show can I put together after what just happened?’

With her wonderful team and top-notch creativity, she turned sadness into gladness by blending some of the past hilarious moments with clips like the one where she and her sponsors gave scholarships to an entire high school so the students could all attend college.

It’s time to wade through the mire again and get it all behind us.

Our world will be a better place when we’re not only content and unselfish but show it every day.

Bob Massey is a Herald correspondent.

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