What if I told you putting a smile on your face could change your life? If you left home every morning with a smile do you think people would respond to you differently and you would have your best opportunity for a happy day?
There is a lot of research that shows a smile has some wonderful benefits both internally and externally!
A smile can reduce stress, make us attractive, boost our immune system, and lift our face and make us look younger. A smile releases endorphins and serotonin – our natural pain killers. WOW! Wearing a smile can change our day and therefore our life!
I’d like to share a story of how I found my smile again. My REAL smile. I recently decided to have some updated professional pictures taken. I was meeting with a new photographer. When he asked me to smile for the camera, he looked at me and said “that’s not your smile” and I replied “whatever do you mean?” He went on to tell me that something took my real smile away. What I was using was a modified smile. At that moment, I became consciously aware that I had carried something with me since childhood. I recalled be laughed at when my permanent teeth were coming in by my stepfather when pictures were taken. I can hear his words “look at those big ugly teeth” – so I adopted an automatic way of hiding my teeth. It became a habit to modify my smile.
The photographer directed me on letting my smile go in such a way that it was okay to show all of my teeth.
When I received my proofs, I barely recognized myself. I had never smiled this way before. I looked like a different person. I looked like the REAL me.
After sending my pictures out to the universe (Facebook) and other social media sites, something profound happened that validated my smile and that it was acceptable in the world. I received random email messages from perfect strangers. One telling me that my smile was an intoxicating breath of fresh air that could make a man do anything. Anything?
I also received a comment followed up by a poem.
He writes: The best moment of your day comes when you can wear that cute smile, so don’t let anything take that away from you because you look your best in it. With the attached poem:
I have always believed in smiles, I believe it heals the pain in this life’s miles, I believe smiles open the window to our soul, fill our heart with hope and make us feel whole, rejuvenates our spirit and inspires us, I believe all that we owe this life is a smile. I hope our friendship makes us share the best smiles….
Perhaps this poem was used to connect with many. But it reached me at a very interesting time.
Mother Theresa understood the value of a smile.
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Attempt, from the deepest recesses of your heart and soul, to be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Mother Theresa
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”. – Mother Theresa
The moral of this is to not let anyone or any circumstance take your smile away. Wear it as a badge of honor that you hold up to the world to say “I am worth a smile”, I will give my life a smile today. I am worth it!
A smile needs no translation. It is the simplest form of communication and the most understood. It has many interpretations – All positive.