A smile is one of the most wonderful and simple things in the world. Here are my 10 reasons to smile about life.
1 Being a parent and making memories
2 A drama-free day
3 A simple smile can elevate your mood – the body releases feel-good mood boosting neurotransmitters like endorphins, dopamine, and mood-enhancing serotonin that do the body a whole lot of good. The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you are happy.
4 The smell of the ocean with the sand between your toes and the sun on your skin.
5 Smiling can relax your body and can slow your heart rate. There is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure.
6 Smiling improves your appearance – the muscles used for smiling lift the face and thus make us look younger.
7 Smiling just feels good. So the next time you’re feeling down or out of sorts, try a smile.
8 A quote to smile about – “A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.” – Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People.
9 Smiling is truly contagious, as the mirror neurons deep inside our brains respond to a smile with a smile of our own. It can change the moods of others and make things happier.
10 Never give up! There are always reasons to smile, just look for them.
When is the last time you made someone smile? Do you remember how good that made you feel? When is the last time someone made you smile? How often do you smile in a day?