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Start each day with a smile. Try to fit in as many as you can. Just talking with friends or coworkers can spark a grin. Discussing funny TV shows or commercials, venting frustrations about being overworked or counting idiots in traffic can be a great vehicle for fun and laughter.
Smiles are contagious too. Once you start smiling, others will start. Try an experiment and see how many people you can get to smile in a meeting or conference room. Share a funny experience about your child, a picture of your pet or some other tidbit and let the room lighten up before the information flows. It will make for a more relaxed and productive time.
Smiles are good for you. When you smile, it changes how you feel. It’s hard to stay angry when you’re smiling. Don’t we all have fights that end like that? You’re right in the middle of a big tirade about how unjust life is, how no one listens or cares about you, then suddenly your dog runs over wagging her tail and offers her tummy up for a rub and you totally lose track of what you were mad about.
Smiles promote positive connections. A true smile is recognized by most everyone. When you smile with your heart it shows. We all know that used-car salesman smile and that we should avoid it. But a real honest-to-goodness feel-good smile can light up a room, or make someone’s day. Getting the smile is almost as great as giving it.
Smiles are fun. Smiles accompanied by giggling are likely to make you instantly popular as people come to investigate the good news. Ever drive down the road listening to a comedy tape? Ever noticed the people in the other car smiling at your laughter, even though they have absolutely no idea what’s so funny? That’s the power of a smile!
Smiles are free. One of the great bonuses of smiles is that they cost nothing. In fact, giving smiles away enriches those that give them. Smiles can bring relief, hope, perspective and relaxation. Sometimes all at once! Smiling is a great gift to give when times are tough – they’re a treasure that everyone longs for.
Smiling becomes easier the more you do it. This is really true! When you find things to be happy about, even in the midst of turmoil, it brings peace and spreads love. Smiles are a sign of joy and caring. When you give someone a smile, most often it is returned to you. Smiles often multiply, bringing more joy and laughter with it.
Smiles help heal. Anyone who is stressed out, in pain or suffering knows that a simple smile can start the road to recovery. Smiles can ease tension, relive pain, and inspire a new outlook. Whatever kind of day you are having, a smile can make it better. Try it today and see.