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Friday, October 2, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things: Smile

Depending on your interpretation, and your mood, a smile may not be such a small thing. It takes about 20 muscles to smile so it's not a trifle. However, the mental power required to generate one, to get those muscles doing their thing, can sometimes be enormous, particularly if you haven't had much practice or if you are feeling decidedly un-smiley.

I think a smile is a mighty weapon which can be used for both good and evil purposes, but because I do not want to make you frown, I wish to focus on the positive aspects of the upside frown.


1. Smiling is easy. Forget everything else I said, and remember this: it really isn't very difficult to muster a smile, even when you don't really feel like.

2. Smiles are free. Although costing nothing, they can achieve a great deal.

3. Smiling makes you feel better. I read somewhere (so it must be true), that forcing a smile when you need to can actually generate some positive energy and make you want to smile.

4. Smiles are contagious


What makes you smile? What made you smile today?

Photos sources:
https://twitter.com/iro_gerasimou
http://lonerwolf.com/body-language-smiles/

13 comments:

  1. I smile most when I hear something funny or when I feel like being annoying.

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    1. Ha ha. That's great. Exactly what I was talking about with the good and evil thing. Thanks for making me smile with your comment.

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  2. I smile at strangers all the time and them smiling back back is about 50/50. Some people just downright mean mug me.

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    1. Mean mug me? I've never heard that expression. I like it. Can I use it? Is it yours? Re smiling back...I think people are a little suspicious of other people, and sometimes maybe jealous of their happiness. But yeah, you're right. Sometimes they are just mean.

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  3. My kids keep me smiling (well, most of the time ;) ). A choir director once told us to hold a pencil in our mouths so that it bumped against both corners of the lips. Supposedly that activated the 'smile' muscles and simply made one want to smile more (wonder if it really works)

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    1. Pencils in mouths? Whoa. I do think you can activate the smile muscles, and with more frequent use, train them to work more easily. IOW if you are used to smiling, it's easier to smile, even when you don't feel like it.

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  4. I've got a really big smile on my face right now from looking at the doggie's smile. What a pic. Thank you!

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    1. I thought the smiling dog would be a winner. I prefer the girl's smile, because she's smiling with her whole face. She looks like joy personified. It made me smile to read that I made you smile.

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  5. I completely agree with you! Smiles should never be taken for granted and are a great way to start any interaction with someone. They make life easier and more fun!

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  6. I completely agree with you! Smiles should never be taken for granted and are a great way to start any interaction with someone. They make life easier and more fun!

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  7. I've been smiling a lot this week and that's what I've been celebrating so it's neat it tied in with your post :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Glad to hear that, and I thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. Do tell though. What made you smile?

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