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Using One Smile At A Time
As the end of the 2022 approaches, let’s try to find more positive energy for restoration and peace. Pick a day, any day, and then spend your chosen day looking for the good in everyone you encounter, as if watching a sunrise over the ocean for the first time—no nitpicking. Smile, even if just in your mind. Sometimes we can feel the energy of our smile permeating the space between us. If you can feel this, let the positive energy resonate in you. Then do the same with other things in your environment. Smile as you pass through places, listen to good music or enjoy nature. At the end of the day, notice how good you feel and how much better your energy is rather than if you’d gotten into a clash with a co-worker or a total stranger ringing up your purchases at a department store.
Many see smiling simply as an involuntary response to things that bring you joy or inspire laughter. While this is certainly true, it overlooks an important point: Smiling can be a conscious, intentional choice.
What does psychology have to say about smiling? Whether your smile is genuine or not, it can act on your body and mind in a variety of positive ways. It offers benefits for your health, your mood, and even the moods of people around you.
1. Smiling helps you live longer
Happy people seem to enjoy better health and longevity, but more research is needed to understand why. Research indicates that happiness could increase lifespan by years—suggesting maintaining a happy, positive mood may be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
2. Smiling relieves stress
A simple smile can trigger the release of neuropeptides that improve your neural communication. It also causes the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, which can boost your mood. Think of smiling as a natural antidepressant.
3. Smiling is contagious
How many times have you heard that a smile has the power to light up the room? While it is certainly a beautiful sentiment, it carries a hint of truth.
4. Smiling boosts you immune
Smiling can also boost your overall health by helping your immune system to function more effectively. It is thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (thanks to the release of certain neurotransmitters).8
Whether you’re trying to maintain your overall health or strengthen your immune system ahead of cold and flu season, smiling may help. Warding off illness and staying healthier can also play a role in helping you feel less stressed.
5. Smiling may lower blood pressure
Smiling could have a beneficial impact on your blood pressure. Laughter specifically seems to lower blood pressure, after causing an initial increase in heart rate and breathing.9
If you have a blood pressure monitor at home, you can try testing this idea for yourself. Sit for a few minutes and take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
6 Smiling reduces pain
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, other natural painkillers, and serotonin.
Together, these brain chemicals make us feel good from head to toe. Not only do they elevate your mood, but they also relax your body and reduce physical pain. Smiling is a natural drug.
7. Smiling makes you attractive
Not only can smiling make you more attractive, but it can also make you look more youthful. The muscles we use to smile also lift the face, making a person appear younger. So instead of opting for a facelift, just try smiling your way through the day—you’ll look younger and feel better.
8. Smiling suggests success
Research has shown that people who smile regularly appear more confident are more likely to be promoted, and are more likely to be approached.7 Try putting on a smile at meetings and business appointments. You might find that people react to you differently.
9. Smiling helps you stay positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard, isn’t it?
Smiling can influence your feelings of positivity, even if it feels unnatural or forced. Regardless of whether or not your smile is genuine, it still sends the message that “Life is good!” to your brain and, ultimately, the rest of your body.
Can you imagine how you would feel if you did this 3,5, or 7 days per week. Oh yes and extending it week after week, month after month, your true authentic self will show up for you each and everyday. The wow factor will now be turned on!!!
Power In A Smile Quotes
A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to other. Dalai Lama –
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
– Phyllis Diller_
Never under estimate the power of a your smile
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.
– Charlie Chaplin –
“A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.”
– Tom Wilson –
Everyone smiles in the same language.
– George Carlin –
:All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile. – Chris Hart –
“Just one smile immensely increases the beauty of the universe.”
Smiling is one of our greatest defense mechanisms.
– Asa Don Brown –
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