The Power of a Smile

power of a smile

Good morning beautiful people.

It’s been a while since I posted an inspirational tidbit so I figured that now would be a perfect time to do so.

I smile all the time, no seriously. Do you remember Sesame Street? (all my 80s babies especially) There was a character on there called Guy Smiley, and I think he was a talk show host or something. Well that was my unofficial nickname in highschool – I guess that’s something you can’t really hide. Am I a happy person? I’d like to think so – not like Brady Bunch, happy-go-lucky all the time, but just upbeat and always positive.

Smiling is known to have tons of benefits other than making someone feel good. It takes more facial muscles to frown than it does to smile, and when you can eliminate stress and boost your immune system by doing so, I’d say it’s well worth it. (You can read some of the benefits here in this article I found on Lifehack.org)

I have to say though, when you offer a smile to someone, it has to come from a genuine place. I’ve come to notice that American’s have this thing they do – when approaching you or when you happen to look in their direction, they would “smile” for a fraction of a millisecond then it’s gone even before you can look away. I never understood that! I mean I didn’t ask for your smile to rsvp for my party when it really didn’t want to attend. And I promise you, I won’t feel any kind of way if you chose not to smile when I look in your direction. When someone smiles at you, like a genuine – I acknowledge you – kind of smile, it almost always automates a response; sometimes a simple hello, or just a back-at-ya smile.

I’ve heard people say over and over again, that they’ve had terrible days, or feeling alone in the world and all it took was for one person to smile and say hello – to simply acknowledge that “I see you” and their day was changed for the better. Is that too much to ask? I know everyone is busy and has 5 million things to do during their 24 hour cycle, but a smile is a half of a second commitment that can help turn someone’s day around. You never know what some people are going through, we all have our struggles, but someone always has it worse than you do.

Am I asking you to sit and have in-depth conversation about life, where you’ve been and what you plan to do?

Not exactly.

All I’m saying is that you should never underestimate the power of a smile. It costs nothing for you to give, and when you give from a genuine place, you’ll also freely receive. Try it out sometime, just to see what happens, I bet you’ll feel better for it. Not only will you spread good energy to others, but smiling releases endorphins and serotonin that make you feel great and makes your day just a little more enjoyable.

~SM

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