When was the last time you smiled at yourself in the mirror? How about a stranger you passed on the street or in the car next to you at a stop light? I challenge you - on behalf of your body, your mind and your spirit - to both smile at yourself and someone else every day the entire month of August! Make this small choice, and then watch how your life changes...
A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~ Author Unknown
Smiling is your simplest tool to better health. It's available to you anytime and is infectious. Simply change your expression to a smile or mimic someone else who is smiling and it will cause involuntary biological changes in your body just like those induced by emotions. Looking at others' smiles, especially those of babies and children, causes positive chemical changes in your brain.
TOP 10 REASONS TO SMILE! ~ Mark Stibich, Ph.D. (about.com - longevity)
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 a lot 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.
It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. ~ Author Unknown
Just think what those seventeen small muscles can do for the one muscle most important to your body – your heart!
Mother Teresa, who lived to age 87, obviously knew the power of a smile, once stating, "Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."
So smile! If it doesn’t come easily, sing your favorite song out loud, dance while no one’s watching, watch a funny movie, jump on the bed, bake cookies, snuggle your pet, think of the silliest thing you’ve ever done, make a face in your mirror while brushing your teeth, hug someone you love and please take the time to watch the attached link, "Validation".