“A smile is such a little thing,
it does not cost a lot;
It’s free to beggars and to kings;
so why not smile a lot?”
Pause for a moment and think back to the last time you smiled.
When was it? Today? Yesterday? Can’t remember?
Do you need a reason to smile? Do you ever smile for no reason at all?
You should smile as often as you can because when you smile, you automatically relax, and:
- Your mood perks up
- Your ability to deal with stress improves
- Your immunity to illness increases
- Your heart rate and blood pressure decreases
- Your breathing slows down and expands
- Your body releases “feel good” hormones such as serotonin and endorphins
- Your facial muscles get a good workout, and as a result, you look younger
If you smile more, you’ll probably live longer and you’ll definitely be happier.
No doubt, these are important benefits.
However, the impact of your smile on others is equally important.
What if you smile more at your co-workers in your office?
What if everyone else smiled more at you?
Wouldn’t the office instantly become a better work-place?
What if you greeted the waiter at your favorite restaurant with a smile and a pleasant greeting?
Isn’t it likely to improve his mood instantly and encourage him to smile right back at you?
What if you smiled at everyone all day?
Most importantly, would you consider smiling more at home – at your grandparents, your parents, your children, your spouse?
Would that improve the quality of your communication and connection with them?
You bet it would.
So why don’t we smile more often?
Why has smiling become a rarity, like clarity and charity?
Whatever the reason, we need to get back on the “Smile all you can” wagon.
The most effective way to do this, according to meditation teacher, Ajahn Brahm, is to smile at yourself first thing in the morning.
He advises his students to stand in front of the mirror and smile at themselves as soon as they awake.
At first, he says, this may not be so easy and you may have to stretch the corners of your mouth into a smile with your fingers!
However, if you persist, it will become easier.
If you can bear to smile at yourself first thing in the morning, you will soon find it easier to smile at everyone else.
The more you smile, the more natural it will become, until it become your nature to smile all the time.
And everywhere you go, everyone you meet will reflect your smile right back at you.
JRD Tata remarked in an interview that wherever he went around the world, whenever he smiled at anyone, they smiled right back at him. Always. No exceptions.
A smile is one investment that gave him instant returns.
Finally, a smile is the best way to make peace after an argument with anyone.
In the words of Mother Teresa, “Peace begins with a smile—smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at at all—do it for peace.”
Ten quotations about smiling:
“A smile is the best way to increase your face value.” Source Unknown
“A smile is a curve that sets everything right.” Phyllis Diller
“A smile is a frown turned upside down.” David Smart
“A laugh is a smile that bursts.” Mary H. Waldrip
“Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside.” Melba Colgrove
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” William Shakespeare
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Mark Twain
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa
“Breathing in I calm my body, breathing out I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.” Thich Naht Hanh
What happened the last time you smiled at someone?
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