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Published:October 22nd, 2016 11:31 EST

Smiling Preemie (Freya) Gives Hopes to Millions Around the World!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A photo of a preemie Minnesota baby with a big adorable smile on her face is going viral and inspiring people around the world.

The mother wrote that her smiling daughter was happy to be alive, and that life is so precious.

Lauren Vinje posted the photo of her preemie baby on the `Love What Matters` Facebook page on Sunday.  In just a few days, the post was shared nearly 50,000 times and has acquired over 300,000 `likes.`

Vinje said it was taken when Freya was just five days old, and weighed only 3 pounds and 14 ounces. The picture was one I looked at often to get me through the ups and downs of our NICU days, she wrote.

Star Tribune

In this poisonous election season most of us walk around with a weary expression on our face, but in spite of the gloomy news blaring from our TV sets, life is good.

Most of us attend church, or visit a shrink on a regular basis to remind us that life is worth living, but nothing will put a smile on our face quite like looking at this preemie girl with the wide and honest smile.

This beautiful preemie withe the humongous smile is oblivious that the odds are stacked against her, her tender new heart hasn`t been infected by the cynicism of this age, and so she smiles.

Freya is now a healthy and beautiful 2-year-old girl, and according to her mother a smile is the default expression on her face.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Freya`s smiling face will do more to inspire people than the thousands of essays I`ve written over the last two decades.

Pic of Freya: