The Power of a Smile – the effects are instant and lasting
So easy, it costs nothing and we have everything to gain.
So why is it getting harder to exchange a smile when I take a walk?
Answer: they only have eyes for the little screen in their hand.
They don’t mean to ignore me – they just don’t see me!
A Smile is Contagious – tap into the power of a smile
“A smile is generally an expression of positive emotions, which can uplift a soul, who in turn passes that energy to another.” (Source)
“Smile! It makes everyone in the room feel better because they, consciously or unconsciously, are smiling with you.” (Source)
Bring Back Eye Contact with a Smile
If smiling is so good for us, why doesn’t everyone smile more?
Years ago, we lived in Papua New Guinea. Every day we walked to the town center, on the way, every person would smile and greet us. It was awesome.
Back when I was a student nurse most of our training was in hospitals, I can remember walking through the corridors, smiling at everyone and they smiled back. It was a good feeling and even better, my smile attracted a handsome young man who asked me out. We have now been married for decades 🙂
“A new study finds that smartphone addiction can cause serious social problems — boosting feelings of loneliness and isolation — while worsening anxiety and depression symptoms.” (Source)
Last week on a magnificent day we went to the beach and walked along the boardwalk. I constantly had to decide to either dodge or play-chicken with the walking, texting people who seemingly were oblivious to me and the scenery. The only people who would make eye contact and smile were the over-sixties. (We are not smart enough to walk and text at the same time.)
Likewise, those sitting at picnic tables had their heads down giving their phones attention, ignoring their friends and the water views.
Today, walking locally, surely I can find a friendly smile. No. Other walkers who were coming towards me had earphones in, their heads down texting. It was like I was invisible.
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Bring Back the Power of a Smile
Not only are they missing out on the benefits of smiling, I am missing out as well. It made me feel isolated and ignored. There is such a warm feeling just to look at someone and smile, we don’t need to make a conversation with words.
Remember the joy of a new baby’s first smile, it is spontaneous and contagious. That little new babe has the power to change both of us with a smile.
There’s Magic in Your Smile
“Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
For starters, smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. Neuropeptides are tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate. . . . The feel-good neurotransmitters — dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin — are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well. This not only relaxes your body, but it can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure.” (Source)
Head Up, Phone Down
“Distracted walking incidents are on the rise, and everyone with a cell phone is at risk.” (Source)
Do yourself a favor, put the phone away, be mindful of your surroundings and S – M – I – L – E
Tap into the power of a smile
Sometimes I have to remind myself to smile. I need a smile tuneup that comes from within from an attitude of gratefulness and satisfaction.
Do you find joy in sharing a smile?
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