“A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.” - Dalai Lama
There is no doubt that a smile has the power to transform. Just the simple motion of moving the muscles in our face express our basic emotions: anger, disgust, enjoyment, fear, sadness, and surprise. Yes, a smile doesn't just serve us when we're happy. Sure, smiling is universally considered to be the way we display happiness. But it can also communicate our internal world to people on the outside. It can be a welcome sign to new people and a tell-tale sign to those close to us. Many people overlook the fact that smiling is not just an involuntary response to things that bring us joy or other emotions. It can be just as much a voluntary response as a concious and powerful choice. Note the word powerful here. There is certainly power in choosing to smile.
There have been countless scientific studies confirming that a smile can elevate your mood and the mood of those near you. They've even found a strong link between good health, a long life, and smiling. Whether it's a result of real happiness or an act, smiling can have both short and long term benefits on our health and wellbeing.
Smiling makes us attractive. We are naturally drawn to people who smile. Smiling relieves stress. Even if you don't feel like smiling or don't have anything to really smile about (and that's important to note, as well), take a moment to smile. Try it out. See what it does to your emotions. The next time you're feeling a little down, try smiling. There's a chance your mood will improve. This simple act can trick the body into helping boost your mood because the physical act of smiling actually activates neural messaing in your brain. That's right, sicence is on your side! Plus, smiling is contagious. It's isn't just a beautiful sentiment, it's true. Smiling just makes things a little better. And maybe most importantly, it makes you feel good. And we all deserve that. So keep smiling through it!