Hello Kings and Queens. I hope you are all well and fabulous. I wanted to touch on the topic of smiling. Previously I’d constantly get told to smile by strangers, I’d have people saying “smile it might never happen” or “if looks could kill I’d hate to see what would happen”. I can laugh at it now but I would walk around with such an unapproachable look no wonder people told me to smile. Nine times out of ten I was feeling absolutely fantastic on the inside, however what I was projecting on the outside was the complete opposite. People who encountered me must have thought I had a problem or was upset, who knew a smile could have such an impact.
How much have you smiled lately?
Do you ever smile?
Is there a resting emotionless face greeting passers-by?
Do you wish you could share your happiness a little more?
You do know that smiling is infectious right? Not infectious like a yucky disease but something that spreads and you can’t help but catch it. “A smile a day can keep those dark clouds at bay”– a little saying I grew up hearing.
Recently I’ve been doing some extra work on myself, I am very interested in personal development and self improvement and smiling is something I needed to do more of. I have been making a conscious effort to smile more. I decided that I would show off my pearly whites and brighten up someones day with a cheerful smile. You never know what battles someone is going through and how much a smile can bring them a little bit of happiness.
Firstly let me start with a confession. I don’t smile all the time not because I’m not happy or loving life but sometimes i’m just don’t feel like it. But I am making a conscious effort to do it more.
Anyway there is nothing like a beautiful smile to totally transform your day. I have been smiling like the Cheshire cat from the film Alice in Wonderland (child hood favorite by the way) all week and have been feeling great. I’ve noticed that if you smile, others tend to smile as well and I’ve been blessed to see some absolutely beautiful smiles this week. My heart has melted several times.
Smiling defined- “Forming one’s features into an expression that shows amusement, kindness or pleasure; which typically includes the corners of the mouth being turned up and often the front teeth being exposed; the act of visibly showing a feeling”- oxford dictionary
You may not be feeling great all the time and may be a little challenged, but a smile can shift things slightly and make you and others feel a bit better.
I challenge you
This mission can be achieved by absolutely everyone and can be carried out at anytime. There is no closing date and this mission can become a lifestyle change.
Are you willing to accept this mission?………If so read on.
I want you to feel the benefits of smiling and cheer someone else up. Smiling is free, so lets all get into the spirit of sharing and smile a little more each day. I want you to carryout 4 tasks (listed below)each day to reap the benefits. Each task can be completed in any order you like and can be carried out multiple times throughout the day.
- Smile at yourself- Everyday, look into your mirror and smile at yourself. This is a great self love habit and will mean you will be greeted with a smile each and every day. Now I don’t know about you but that’s great, and smiling at yourself is unlimited, whenever you feel a bit glum take out your pocket mirror and give yourself a smile.
- Smile at a stranger- Life is hectic and we don’t often pay attention to the sadness others are carrying on their faces. Everyday make the effort to smile at a stranger, not a creepy smile tho. Let’s stick with the 3 second smile rule (we don’t want to cringe anyone out). Smile at someone, anyone, everyone if you like. If they don’t smile back, don’t be disheartened because you may just have made them smile on the inside. Interesting fact: Did you know that smiling at someone can activate a part of their brain which can lead to a smile response.
- Smile at work- No matter where you work, greet every challenge with a smile. You may be fed up, tired and in desperate need for a coffee, but remember to smile and be fabulous. You are amazing and you are important and don’t you forget it. In stressful situations smile through it and release those much needed happy chemicals called endorphin’s in order to get that happiness boost.
- Smile for smiling sake- Just smile, smile for the fun of it. Don’t limit yourself to only smiling in certain situations smile at life and smile at everything. There are studies that suggest smiling can have a positive effect on our mood. It has even been suggested that smiling can be a stress reliever due to its ability to trigger the body to release our happiness chemicals (yay that’s great). Also smiling makes us look more approachable and therefore makes others more inclined to want to connect with us. So smile for the sake of smiling, and enjoy receiving some smiles back.
Get ready to smile and brighten up those you encounter. And remember your smile is unique and beautiful and should be shared with the world.
Tweet me @stayjoyful_uk and leave your comments below with how your smile challenge is progressing. Enjoy it and have fun making other people happy : )
Radiating positive vibes your way
Love Sade xx