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A Daily Smile is a Great Give to Others and Yourself


“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do”  – Mother Teresa

Ever had a bad day? Been in a bad mood? Mad about something or someone? And then, you run into someone who is smiling and you leave in a better mood, maybe even with a smile on your face? A daily smile is a great give to others and yourself. This is not random – smiling is contagious and it may be the easiest way to give.


Practice Smiling Everyday and See Happiness Increase

For some reason, as we grow older we forget to smile. In fact, children smile up to 400 times per day. Happy adults smile an average of 40 times per day. Those who are unhappy, or just neutral, around 20 times per day. This is why we feel happier around children, because they smile more than anyone.

Smiling is Good for Your Health

According to research, there are health benefits to smiling. When you smile, it releases dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins while decreasing stress levels and gives you a D.O.S.E. of happiness. Smiling can lower your blood pressure, relax your body, and decrease feelings of stress while acting as an antidepressant. Smiling creates a feedback loop in our brain that makes us feel better and makes us smile more.

Give a Smile For your Daily Give

It is the easiest gift to give to strangers or friends. Studies have also been done to test what happens when a stranger smiles at people. You guessed it, more people smile back. And as we just said, smiling creates a D.O.S.E. of happiness. It makes people feel better. So smiling is a great “give” to people. When someone smiles at you, you feel rewarded and therefore want to smile back.

Learn to Smile By Practicing Every Day

It’s true, as we grow up, we forget to smile. And some of us forget how to smile. Here are 3 easy tips to get your smile back:

  1. Think of something joyful – think of a time, a place, or a person that brings you genuine happiness. Just recalling this memory will bring a smile to your face. Recall this again and again to create a smile that is contagious.
  2. Practice smiling – practice makes perfect they say. Look in the mirror and practice your smile. Notice the difference between a forced smile and a genuine smile (as above). Others will notice the difference too so practice being genuine.
  3. Share your smile with others – start thinking about smiling as a key part of your day. Count how many people you can make smile during the day. Once you decide this will be part of your daily routine, you will become more comfortable and natural at smiling.

Give Someone A Smile Or Two And Feel Happier

There is no down side. Smiling makes us happier and it makes others happy. Smiling is easy to give and to share with others. Give the simplest gift of all, a smile.

Next time you go out into the world, think of something that makes you happy and share your happiness with others. Give a smile a day to create a happier world.

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