A Simple Smile Can Do It!

There is something special about a smile. Just watch those people who naturally smile. They often radiate a sense of happiness, kindness, and friendliness that make us want to gravitate towards them. Even when these individuals are struggling with their own personal hardships, the façade of a smile can cover it all. And, in many cases, smiling does improve their mood and helps to redirect their approach to a more positive one.

How can a smile be beneficial to you…and others?

(1)  A smile is your best accessory for looking younger and more attractive.

(2)  The image you project while smiling encourages others to want to approach and initiate a relationship with you.

(3)  Smiles are universally recognized throughout the world. They cut through the divides of ethnic and racial differences in a positive way.

(4)  Smiling automatically releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that are chemically produced by the body to reduce the effects of stress and pain. The behavioral changes that result from triggering your muscles to smile produce a greater sense of calmness, happiness, and less anxiety.

(5) There is nothing like your smile to reassure others that “it’s going to be okay” or to lift their spirits, especially with an accompanying thank you or sincere compliment.

(6)  With a smile, you look more confident and self-assured. Put on a smile for job interviews and any important business meetings where you seek to impress.

(7) Smiles are contagious, so share yours with others. You just might improve someone’s day.

What can you do to bring out your smile?

Spend quality time around friends and family members who make you smile and laugh. Optimistic and fun-loving people can be the catalyst that sparks the best in you.

Focus on watching humorous television shows, films, plays, and streaming videos. Keep your entertainment lighthearted and amusing and stay away from negative news or anything else that might bring you down.

Get into the habit of smiling to start and end your day on a positive note. The more you smile, the happier and healthier you will feel.

And, remember…
Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
 – Thich Nhat Hanh

So, just keep smiling!

Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan

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