“Peace begins with a smile..”
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. If we want to smile more it really helps to know what benefits a smile can bring to our day. The benefits will make you want to share a smile with others today.
Smiles make things right again and say much more than words can. If we have messed up, said something less than complimentary, feel lost or alone, or feel down, a smile can restore the balance. It lets other people know that we are prepared to be open with them, and that we are willingly agreeing to make up where needed.
Smiles create trust and rapport. A smile is a great way of establishing mutual feelings of being on the same level as others, whether that is one-to-one or in front of a group giving a presentation. It says “I’m good, you’re good, and we’re all going to enjoy one another’s company.”
Smiles make you feel good. Even if we are feeling a little down, insert happy thoughts into our mind and just add that smile. It will trick our mind into feeling better, as endorphin’s are released to reduce physical or emotional stress.
Smiles improve your appearance. Charles Gordy once said “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks”. All we need to do is think about how we feel about a person who is frowning and a person who is smiling – who tends to be the better looking?
Smiling is a good long-term predictor of happier life outcomes. It is correlated with health, happiness, friends, success, and a longer life.
Start your day by how you mean to go on….with a smile.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh