Your smile!

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Have you ever noticed that you can’t say the word smile without smiling? The same is true with a grin or a grouch. Who knows maybe that is how words came into existence. It is believed to have a Scandinavian origin.

~There are so many reasons to Smile~

Point #1 Smiling Changes the Atmosphere

Smiling changes your mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance your mood will change for the better because it tricks the body into helping you change your mood.

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” -Phyllis Diller said

Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you. A frown can likewise change an atmosphere -conflict and unfriendliness, while a smile can create unity and camaraderie. which atmosphere would you rather be in?

Have you ever deliberately smiled, in order to create happiness? Maybe things weren’t going well, but you took a second to ask yourself, “What can I be happy about right now? What can I be grateful for?” We smile because we’re happy. However, it is also possible to become happy by smiling.

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”-Quoted in P.S. I Love you, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.-

Point #2 Smiling is Healthy

Research shows that curling the corners of our mouth in a “mock smile” creates a positive biological response in the body. Yes, we can actually change the way we feel by smiling.

“Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.”-Jim Beggs

Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll feel better able to take action.

Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. You can even prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

Smiling is a Natural Drug

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

Point #3 Smiling Changes Your Look

Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns push people away – but a smile draws them in.

“People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.”
-Lee Mildon

Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day – you’ll look younger and feel better.

Smiling Makes You Seem Successful

Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be approached and promoted. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

“A smile confuses an approaching frown.”~Author Unknown

Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

Let’s Try it!!!

My Story

Although I look most like my father, I was blessed with my mother’s million dollar smile. Remembering to constantly smile is a behavior I have been working on for years now. It is not that I was not happy but I am thinker and as most people know when you are deep in thought your facial expression is the last thing on your mind. And when I am not smiling I look kind of mean. When I was going to junior high school my best friend Lisa pulled me aside and started working on getting me to smile more because she didn’t want to run the risk of me looking at someone the wrong way and it ending in an altercation. I made it through high school although I did have some bumps in the road. Then again a few years ago I had a business client that pulled me aside to tell me that I control the energy in the room. I really didn’t understand the huge difference in my disposition until a really good friend was working on a photography assignment and took an awesome picture of me smiling and a not so awesome picture of me when I was making my normal face. It hit me like a ton a bricks. So I started back practicing every day. I learned that smiling works both ways, we smile when are happy and we can smile to remind us that we should be happy. When I really need a smile I say I am blessed. I can’t say that without smiling.

I still have to catch myself sometime when I am in conversations with people because more times than not when I look at someone I am trying to make sure that I am following them in conversation and trying to search the filing cabinet of my brain to figure out if there is something I can do to help; whether it be something I can do myself, someone I can put them in contact or something encouraging I can say. But before any of that can come out I try to make sure that I share a smile with them to brighten the atmosphere, encourage a positive perspective and help brighten up the future.