Monday, September 13, 2010

smile

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Proverbs 15:13


A friend of mine shared this list with me today. I'm not sure where he got it from, but I thought it was worth passing along. I especially like #2 and 10.  There's a lot of truth there. It's hard to stay grumpy, ugly, sad, mad, etc when you're smiling. Have you ever done something reluctantly and ended up having a great time? It's the same principle. Life is so much sweeter with a positive outlook.


Of course being more attractive, healthier, younger and successful aren't bad by-products either!


Ten Reasons to Smile

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away but a smile draws them in.

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the mood of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. 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 be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.

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

10. 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.

This seems like a great opportunity to share Uncle Kracker's video for his song Smile.  It's a sweet little love song that makes me smile.

6 comments:

  1. I always said, I want to be that old lady who had smile lines...by the eyes and all!
    -kristin

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  2. So true! Why do we need reminders -- especially ones that make us look good! :)

    I remember reading once that it's good as a mom to smile at your kids first thing in the morning, and so I've always tried to wake mine up cheerfully. But sometimes I catch myself just being in too big of a rush. Ridiculous!! Really -- who doesn't have time to smile? ;)

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  3. Super cute post and wonderful words to live by!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - I hope you will visit me again some time!

    Big Smiles,

    Kim

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  4. Really great post - and so so true! I always tell my 7 year old "Eyebrows Up!" when she has a dramatic "debbie downer" face on for one reason or another. When the eyebrows are up, you almost can't help but to smile. Now, everytime I say "eyebrows up", she can't help but laugh. I think it's makes us both smile for a long time ... and that is a good thing! Great post!

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  5. Having had visitors I am so behind with my blog reading and commenting, just caught up on all your recent posts, but of course this one really made me smile :)

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