Tis the Season to Smile!

 

 

A Smile Can Change Everything

When we show signs of worry, it usually shows on our faces. We often think we are looking and acting normal, but stress and worry usually manifest itself in some way. Smiling is often the very last thing we feel like doing, particularly in the darkest of times. Yet, when we learn to smile in spite of our problems, we open a door to a new kind of energy that can sometimes bring relief from the pain we are carrying inside. 

I heard someone once say, “Smiling is a social obligation.” How many times has your day been brightened by the smile of a total stranger? In that instance, when you instinctively smile back, you find yourself feeling a bit more optimistic and your day becomes just for a moment, not such a bad place to be after all. 

There is a reason why we feel better when we smile and no doubt it’s a reason we love to laugh. When we smile, our brain releases endorphins, a hormone that makes us feel good.  This immediately lifts our spirits and makes us feel more optimistic. Smiling soon becomes contagious, and as we smile at others,  more people smile back at us, which encourages us to keep smiling! 

 

Most people when they feel stressed choose to stay at home because they say, “they don’t feel like mixing.” This may be the worst thing anyone who is feeling down should do to make themselves feel better. Instead, go out with family or friends and don’t isolate yourself. You will feel your mood lifting and you will start to feel joy and optimistic again, especially being with people who care about you most.

 

When you can not be with your friends, find a funny book to read or watch something funny like a sitcom or movie on television. Laughter produces feel-good chemical responses in our brains.  With a little bit of help from the “pharmacy” in our brain, we can learn to practice optimism, and positive thoughts regardless of our situation. Counter negative feelings by focusing on things that will create uplifting thoughts rather than negative ones. Surrounding yourself with happy people and fun situations that will help you to think positively about your situations as their own optimism rubs off on you and you find yourself laughing and smiling with them. Over time, you will be in a much better position to make life decisions or seek resolutions to the things that are creating stress in your life.

The moral of this story is simple….. just Start Smiling!!! and the World will Smile with You!!