It's funny, I just Tweeted the other day that I was smiling even more than usual as I made my way through my journeys and it made doors open wide for me, literally and figuratively.
Smiling is powerful.
For you AND for others.
Songs and poetry have been written cherishing the importance of smiling.
Smile and the who world smiles with you. And so forth.
Do you prefer to run into someone who is scowling as they approach you? Or someone with a smile and cheerful demeanor? Unless you are the odd duck who prefers pain and misery, you prefer the latter.
As I always say, we go to comedy clubs, not tragedy clubs. We don't pay a cover charge to hear someone make us frown on ourselves and our lives.
Laughter is the best medicine. But smiling is pretty darned good for you, too.
A new study finds that smiling even lowers your heart rate!
Again, this isn't shocking to me. It stands to reason.
Maybe it's the hundreds of books and seminars and lectures I have partaken in that makes this all too obvious to me.
Smiling--even when it's more FAKE than HEARTFELT--sends the same calming and emotionally soothing reactions through your entire body.
It's hard to smile and think and feel miserably. And conversely it's hard to frown and groan all day and feel cheerful and pleasant.
So even if you have to fake it a little at first, smile today. Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" goes "Smile though your heart is breaking."
Not so easy, I know. But we KNOW that frowning doesn't feel good and we know that smiling does.
It's up to us to choose which we will plaster on our face as a great big billboard to the world.
It's also the first impression you make to others. Want them to remember you as the person who smiled? Or the person with wrinkles burned into their forehead from scowling?
Here's a common sense--but HUGE revelation--from the study. According to lead researcher Sarah Pressman, PhD., "It's not just that our brains are happy and make us smile, it can also be the opposite--we feel the smile and become happy."
I have always believed this to be true.
Glad that science is finally catching up with the age old Law of Attraction.