THE POWER OF YOUR SMILE
The power of your smile brings so many benefits both to you and those you meet.
The journey through life is so much lighter for us all, when we exchange supportive & nourishing good intentions together.
We live in a world of abundance where everything is available. Desires are often our drivers, heightened through the constant pull towards material things. We can so easily strive more, to gain more, to be more, to have more. Even if you are not of that mindset it takes a lot of focused thinking and intention to reduce the stimulation and noise that can so often surround you in any one day.
Almost everything, is driven by desire. Wealth, money all drive desire but not everything needs money as its exchange.
What is on offer that is free? Your sweet smile.
Want to be happy?
You have been smiling since you were young but it was unconditional then. Often times now we act with conditions.
Some days it can be a challenge, anger rises, frustrations abound and the last thing in your awareness can be your smile.
What do you tend to do when you are challenged? Do you sit with courage in the face of the adversity? Or do you avoid, by looking for another attraction, food, busyness, stimulants?
Breaking old habits.
I know it is hard to break old habits and rebuilding positive rituals does take time and will call on your commitment, but what if there was nothing to loose.
It costs you nothing but it pays back a thousand-fold.
It is amazing what a smile can do. Here is a list of some of the many benefits:
- It boosts your immunity
- It is contagious
- It lifts your mood
- It activates positive neural messages in your brain.
- It fights off stress by releasing dopamine, endorphins and serotonin
- It lowers your heart rate
- It lowers pain
- It relieves depression
- You look more attractive, approachable, sincere, relaxed
- It encourages trust
- It increases your productivity
- It lowers your heart rate
- It makes you look younger.
So all the above benefits are there for the taking if you just smile.
“How Smiling Affects Those Around You
Did you know that your smile is actually contagious? The part of your brain that is responsible for your facial expression of smiling when happy or mimicking another’s smile resides in the cingulate cortex, an unconscious automatic response area. In a Swedish study, subjects were shown pictures of several emotions: joy, anger, fear and surprise. When the picture of someone smiling was presented, the researchers asked the subjects to frown. Instead, they found that the facial expressions went directly to imitation of what subjects saw. It took conscious effort to turn that smile upside down. So if you’re smiling at someone, it’s likely they can’t help but smile back. If they don’t, they’re making a conscious effort not to.
Looking at the bigger picture, each time you smile at a person, their brain coaxes them to return the favor. You are creating a symbiotic relationship that allows both of you to release feel good chemicals in your brain, activate reward centers, make you both more attractive and increase the chances of you both living longer, healthier lives.”
The following extract is taken from psychologytoday.com
We never know the path another person walks but your smile may just turn their experience around for the better. To give freely something you have been given freely is a gift, the ability to smile.
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
There are two types of smile the outer smile and the inner smile.
The energy & beauty of your smile makes a lasting impression. Share your smile today it’s just too beautiful not too.