“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” ~William Arthur Ward
What’s your take on smiling? Did you know that it’s good for you in so many ways?
I thank my mom for the fact that I am a naturally smiley person (thanks Mom!). My experience is that smiling really does makes me feel happier. Sometimes I will be walking along, just thinking about my day and I will notice I am frowning. I will start smiling and I just feel better. And, you know what? I can tell that other people notice!
Smiling is contagious, it’s proven to be true…and we see it all the time with babies. People are magnetized to a smiling face!
“A smile is happiness you will find right under your nose.” ~Tom Wilson
ACTION STEP 2: Smile, even when you don’t feel smiley inside.
There is all sorts of evidence that proves that smiling causes happy feelings. It makes you feel happy by triggering parts of your brain, specifically the left frontal cortex – the part of your brain that registers happiness. Even though you might not immediately feel happy, it slows your heart rate down and begins to make you feel better. So, for the next few weeks, try to smile, even when you don’t feel smiley inside. Notice what happens to your mood. Notice if anyone around you changes when you smile.