Saturday, September 25, 2010

Smile! It Increases Your Face Value!

Thank you Gloria for reminding me of this line in one of my all time favorite movies I needed that!

Come on you remember Truvy (Dolly Parton) I love that character. There are so many wonderful quotes from the movie Steel Magnolias, but this one I so needed on Wednesday.

Do you smile? I know some people who smile all the time and I mean all the time. Then I have known some people who never smile…ever.

And why not smile? I have to say that my family sports some pretty awesome smiles. Shelby’s smile has been wonderful since she was little – if I do say so myself.

A smile is so powerful. Mark Stibich, Ph.D wrote an article on the Top 10 Reasons to Smile. He said, “Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body function better”.

Here are his reasons to smile:

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them in.
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.

9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that "Life is Good!" Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

So, yes I heard all of you when you said all I was missing in my What I Wore Wednesday post was a smile. I am happy (smiling) to say I have done much better so far this week- you will be proud.

Are you wearing your Smile Today?

To find the source of the information mentioned in this blog please go here.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE YOUR POST! The 10 reasons to smile was a great idea to list....I really like that.
    Your great, big, happy, smile that reaches up to your eyes is beautiful!


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