Want to improve your looks? Just smile
Have you made plans for Friday, October 3rd? It’s World Smile Day and just the thought of it makes me smile. Established in 1999 by the smiley face originator, artist Harvey Ball initiated the annual event out of concern that the highly commercialized use of the symbol would overshadow its intent—a reminder for people to be kind and friendly to each other, to smile and make others smile.
A smile denotes pleasure, sociability, happiness, or amusement. Smiles can also be considered a universal language understood by everyone, regardless of culture, race, or religion. Smiles have a lot of history as well. They have been researched and analyzed more than you might think; they are widely photographed, and the topic of numerous songs. The one smile more famous than the smiley face is the Mona Lisa.
There are countless books, speakers, and other resources full of information about how to get ahead, improve our life, increase health, or accomplish goals. Yet, here at the ends of our mouth is a powerful tool—one that we have the choice to exercise or not without any cost whatsoever. With a simple upward turn of 5 to 53 muscles, we have the ability to elevate our own mood, create greater happiness in the home, and foster goodwill with others. Smiles can happen in a flash and the memory can last forever.
Medically speaking, a healthy dose of daily big-grin smiles boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and can add seven years to our life. British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation equal to 2,000 chocolate bars they also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash. That’s about twenty-five grand a smile.
Smiles are contagious because scientists have found neurons in our brain that have a synchronized feature which mimics people around us. There are nineteen types of smiles including polite, embarrassed and social. Genuine or loving smiles are described as big enough to make the eyes squint. If you are worried about increased wrinkles, keep in mind Mark Twain’s quip that “wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”
No need to wait for an annual event. Whenever you want to look great and competent, improve your relationships, or reduce your stress…or you want to feel as if you just ate a chocolate bar without the calories or hit a $25K jackpot in Vegas…or you want to tap into a superpower and help yourself and others live longer, healthier happier lives…all you have to do is SMILE