Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile.
We’ve heard a million sayings about the power of smiling, but so many of us walk around looking stoic and closed off.
Years ago, when I was working in Harlem, I used to walk past this one homeless man every single day. I was constantly wearing my headphones and looking forward and focused at all times. Until one day, when I forgot my iPod and had to experience the walk from the subway to my office. I walked past the same man I had walked past for weeks but this time, he said, “good morning” and so I said good morning back. He quickly replied, “Atta girl, you never smile, and you have got a whole lot to smile about!” I’m not going to say I smiled every single walk from the train to my office from that point forward, but a good morning to this man was in order every time I walked by him.
The power of our smiles are an underestimated but untapped happiness resource we all have at our disposal. Studies have shown that people who smile regularly and often lead happier and more connected lives.
For instance, did you know that smiling is contagious?
Here are some other facts about smiling:
- Smiling makes you appear more attractive to others.
- Smiling can instantly improve your mood and the mood of those around us.
- Smiling can boost our immunity.
- Smiling activates neuropeptides that send messages of happiness throughout the body causing a chain reaction of the release of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin which relax your body and naturally lower your blood pressure.
So slap on a happy grin! 🙂
Daily Intention Workout #12