Author: Rita Duponty
I am a people-watcher. I love observing the various expressions of people as they go about their daily business. Perhaps you do too! As members of our family world, most of us can tell just by the expression on a face whether or not a person is happy, tired, sad, or even confused.
In my recent travels, in airports and shopping centers, I couldn’t help but notice how few people genuinely smile anymore. For those that choose this time of year in holiday celebrations, you certainly would expect more cheerful expressions. So, where have all the smiles gone?
No doubt the economic downturn has had an impact on everyone with increasing levels of anxiety. Life’s pressures make it difficult to crack a smile. People are also moving faster from task to task, texting, and involved in their own concerns.
So why smile? What are some things smiling can do for you?
*Smiling triggers increased serotonin levels which in turn promote a calmer
mood. A calmer mood helps reduce stress levels.
*You can’t get mad when you’re smiling! Try it.
*Smiling is contagious. Those around you will smile more creating a
*Smiling (long-term) gives you the competitive edge. Read how at
Smiling Is A Natural Stress Buster.
Yes, smiling has great physical benefits. Wipe that frown off your face and start smiling today. You just might be surprised at what great things will come your way!