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NOVEMBER 28, 2011

Smile, Not Only For Your Soul, But Others Too

Posted by Dorothy under Community Interests, Interesting Reads, Natural Highs, Wellnessno responses

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body… the heart. ~Author Unknown

Some of you may think, what is the big deal if you smile or not. Ask yourself a simple question: when someone smiles at you, how does that affect your emotions?; and when someone sulks or does not smile, will you find that person pleasant? Most of the time when someone smiles at you, you smile back and it makes you feel good. For example if there are two restaurants in your area serving the same food at the same price but one have more smiling faces than the other, naturally you will choose the smiling faces. I bet most of you smiled when you saw the huge smiley picture of this blog post!!

When you smile, it triggers happy feelings and creates happy vibes which makes you and the people around you happy. Just like a machine, when one section does not work well, it will eventually affect the entire machine in the long term.

To prove the beauty of smiling and for experimental purposes, try smiling today and then sulk the next day. Notice how it affects your moods and the people around you. If that does not convince you to smile, do you know that it takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown? So when you frown, there will be more opportunity for wrinkles to be formed. Therefore, a smile is literally an inexpensive way to change your looks.

Whether you are having a good day or not, smiling will always make it better. Treat it like yoga. The more you practice, the easier it becomes and the better you will feel. So let us all have the simplest kind of practice ever: Smile when you wake up and before you go to bed. As for me, I smile everyday watching my pets play with each other or by themselves and the funny yoga-like positions they sleep in.

Please check out the Taoist Inner Smile Meditation which teaches you to smile at your internal organs as a form of detoxification for your body, mind and soul.
There is even the existence of World Smile Day which is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year.

So keep smiling, my fellow readers.


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