Smile and The World Smiles with You
Posted by Gail | Filed under Life Lessons
Sometimes it’s hard to make yourself smile. Sure, it’s good for you. But there are days when pasting on a smile feels like stripping the skin off your back. Sure, you should be brave. Sure you should find “the funny side.” It’s just so hard.
I remember a time when I realized that I’d stopped laughing. I love to laugh. And a smile comes pretty quickly to my lips. But my life had gone into the dumper and I’d just stopped smiling. When I realized how much I missed the feelings that came with smiling and laughing, I put myself on a remedial program.
Did you know that babies start smiling in their sleep the moment they get here. No, it’s not gas. It’s a smile. And they smile while awake as early as four weeks. Hey, if a baby can do it, you can do it too.
Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood. Psychologists have found that when you use the muscles in your face that are used in a smile, your spirits will lift. And smiling is good for your physical health too. It boosts your immunity because your body is more relaxed when you smile. And when you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure.
Yup, the minute you smile, your body begins to release endorphins. And since it is easier to smile than it is to frown – it’s been reported that it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown – you can get that great rush with less effort than it takes to scowl at the guy who cut in front of you in line.
I started visiting funny sites, watching comedians on YouTube, and listening to humorous stories. And it worked. Just a few minutes a day devoted to finding my funny and I got back in touch with my inside hahaha. Smiling became easier and easier.
Make an effort to smile today at work. Statistically, we tend to smile less at work than at home, but you can up the number of times you smile just by shifting your attitude. Since smiles are contagious, you would be doing your bit to spread the good feelings around where they are likely most needed. And you could end up getting a promotion since smiles make people seem more attractive, confident and sociable… the very things that are likely to get you noticed at work. You’ll definitely be thought of as more beautiful. In one study, 69% of people found women who were smiling more attractive than when they were wearing make-up. That’s because the muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. So skip the botox and smile.
Ever “heard” a smile while on the telephone? Smiling is transmittable in so many ways, and is so worthwhile. In one Swedish study, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other people who were smiling; their beams turn on automatically.
As Mother Teresa said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
How many times have you smiled today?