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Smile, it’s free therapy’!

My day did not start off well this morning. First thing  in the morning, my alarm clock did not go off which resulted in a series of delays ;  Added to that  I am late dropping  my son  at school as another driver decides to roll into me. My car does not get damaged but my mood is totally put off; on entering the Doctor’s office for an appointment I realize I am early by half an hour.  Totally losing control of myself I enter a coffee shop for a nice hot cup of coffee to appease my mood. As I sit under my little grey cloud and wait to order my coffee and a piece of hot samosa, a young server flashes a dazzling smile at me and enquires, “Madam, what would you like to have?” His smile works a magic and I can’t help but smile back. Suddenly my day does not seem to be as bad as I consider it to be. I finish my coffee and head to my appointment with a broad smile on my face. What has the day taught me?  Even when your mood is low, try smiling genuinely, and see how you feel!

A smile is contagious and has invaluable powers. You can calm fear, insecurity, hurt and anxiety not only in yourself, but in those that are experiencing those feelings, by just wearing a smile! Smiling on your first meeting with a person will indicate to the other person that you are really interested and genuinely happy to meet that individual and that you are a person with a cheerful disposition. Smiling is a key ingredient for establishing healthy and genuine friendships. You will brighten the days of those around and make a difference in their lives… simply by smiling!

Business deals are easily clinched by people with a sunny disposition who carry out the entire negotiation in a friendly manner with a smiling face. One of the first requisites of a salesperson is the art of smiling even when their commodities are rejected. Who would you rather buy something from –that sales rep who looks grumpy and bored or from the rep who is simply smiling and happy to see you and talk persuasively? A smiling person would be much more enthusiastic about the product and instill positive feelings in the buyer and coax him to try his product.

Then again if you are to attend a job interview, you may think that your appearance is just about wearing well-tailored clothes. You are wrong! It is important you wear the suit with a smile. When recruiters see the photos of smiling candidates, they are more likely to think of the candidate as a confident, conscientious and dependable person. Sounds like this trait of smiling is one of the most wanted that in an employee. So, the next time you are dressing to impress, make sure to take that beautiful, natural smile with you!

Our mannerisms and the way we react to situations influence our way of thinking and feeling. Smile frequently and ‘fake it till you make it’! Your brain is unaware of the difference between a genuine smile and a fake one. By smiling even if you do not wish to, you will feel better and smile and laugh more spontaneously. Smile acts as a stress buster too. The next time you are stressed at your workplace or at home, stop feeling miserable. Take a few deep breaths and smile as it will work wonders.

A number of health benefits are attributed to this wonderful SMILE and LAUGHTER. When you smile, several physiological changes happen to your body, even without your being conscious of it. With every smile a feel-good factor is injected in your brain. It has been proved that smiling releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter which results in the production of feelings of joy and well-being. Health of smile benefit include its acting like a mini workout that results in burning of calories; aids blood flow; decreases blood sugar levels, improves sleep and acts as a stress buster. It may also raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body, which helps boost your immune system. In addition to the health benefits, this attribute of smile can have a marked, excellent and positive effect on all other aspects of your life. Yes, a smile costs nothing but reaps huge benefits. So, make smile a permanent asset of your personality and let a smile define you.

Hopefully, you are smiling now as you read this. Practise stretching your skin and muscles less in life and see yourself grow old attractively!