Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Smile Unexpectedly

The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery. - Allen Klein

Painted satelite 😊taken by Denise Augustus

An unexpected smile is a gift for the mind and soul. Research has shown that smiling (whether forced or genuine) has many beneficial effects on our bodies. Smiling can boost your mood, immune system and help relieve stress. Smiling cost nothing at all and is so good for us. I am always amazed how people can smile and laugh even at the toughest times in their lives.

I remember being in the hospital, feeling like crap because I was in pain and a good friend would come to visit and make me smile or laugh even when it hurt to do so. I would say, "Please, don't make me laugh. It hurts," all while giggling and appreciating this momentary relief. What little do we know is that it is not momentary. The effects of that visit and the smiling and humor go a long way to assist in making us feel better.

Do yourself a favor and smile even when you do not want to. Feeling stressed or anxious? Smile. Feel like crying? Cry and smile through it. Focus on the smile and then think about something or someone or a time that brings a smile to your face. Smile for no reason at all and watch as life changes little by little, smile by smile.

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