During the Tibetan Arts Festival at SUNY, we returned a second time to watch how a sand mandala is created. The kids had fun watching the monk fill a pointed metal tube with colored sand and rubbing it with a wooden knife handle to move the sand through the tube using vibrations, a steady hand, and unbelievable precision. Every once in a while he abandoned his intense concentration to look up at the kids and smile. As he came to the end of his work day, he stood up and asked the kids if they enjoyed watching him work and laughed heartily at their responses. It was a magical experience in our journey, not only teach the kids as much as we can about creating and appreciating the arts, but also in teaching them the importance of kindness and humanity. Joyfulness really is contagious and hearts can easily be warmed by a genuine smile.