"Smile and the whole world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone"
Smile! Did you ever have a stranger come up to you and say that? Well, I did. I was waiting in line at the bank the other day (which is not unusual), and someone said that to me. She also added, "Things can't be that bad, can they?" I wasn't feeling bad about anything - just thinking something through. I guess I must have had a serious expression on my face.
I don't think anyone can go around smiling all the time, but I've discovered that smiling can do quite a lot for you. First, it makes you more attractive. People are more drawn to others who smile, and smiling can be contagious. It also uses quite a few muscles in the face and makes you look younger. I'm all for that! Who needs a face lift when they can smile instead?
Last weekend I was out with a friend in Quesada and looking around a busy bar, I was amazed to see the amount of serious faces throughout, I commented my thoughts to my friend, who then looked round for herself, she had not noticed. Perhaps that is part of the reason why, we get so wrapped up in our own thoughts and lives, that we forget about how we look on the outside, or how others perceive us to be. The music was loud and a few people were dancing, conversations seemed stunted (hard to talk over the music), even though several people were adorned with glowing and flashing tiaras and glasses people seemed subdued. Perhaps they were like me in the bank, just thinking about their own things in life! That one comment from a stranger had made me more aware of how people are around me.
When you're stressed, you can look tired or worn down, life at times can take its toll.Your face can give a lot away about how you are feeling, but they say that "eyes are windows to your soul" there is nothing more attractive than bright, sparkling, happy eyes, whoever looks into them feels their warmth. There again, smiling not only makes you look better, but the simple act of smiling can actually help relieve stress and lower your blood pressure. It can also boost your immune system to work better, probably because you are more relaxed. This in turn helps your body release good things like endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin, all of which make you feel better and raise your spirits.
Smiling can even help you be more successful. When you smile, you appear confident, and it's only natural that people react to that. Is it not much nicer to be served in a shop, bar (not that I go in many!!!), or restaurant by a happy, bubbly, helpful person rather than somebody with a mobile stuck to their ear, or filing their nails, or chewing gum? (ooops the Victor Mildrew is coming out in me now).
A quick smile can help boost your energy, your looks, and your confidence there are so many reasons to smile. Why not do a smile "check" throughout the day? It will help keep your mood and energy up, where they belong.
So, say "cheese"!