A SMILE an Hour Keeps Me from Being Sour

Did you know?

  • A smile uses 17 muscles and a frown uses 43 muscles

  • If you make yourself smile, you will not only change the way people think about you but you will also change the way you feel about yourself. (I can testify to that.  The last few weeks I’ve been forcing my smiles on everyone I see.  It’s fascinating to watch others put their head down, stare straight ahead or SMILE back).

  • Women smile more than men do, in social situations and when alone. Female social smiling begins in infancy. It tends to increase as women age. When I smile it confuses people – which facial line is a smile line or an old age wrinkle?) (Fisher, Helen, PhD. The First Sex)

  • Real and fake smiles have the same positive effects on brain activity, skin temperature, heart rate and respiration. (Can’t tell the difference between my real and fake wrinkles either). Learning to Laugh.)Paul Ekman ,University of California, San Francisco
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Whenever we have a bright genuine smile on our face our body is sending a message to our brain, saying, “Life is GOOD!” Guess what happens next? Our brain releases ‘feel good’ hormones, called endorphins into our blood and we start feeling happier and more energized.

Still unconvinced about the benefits of a smile? – smiling lifts the face and makes us look younger, friendlier, more confident and more attractive.  A smile draws people in, just like frowns and scowls push them away. So make it easy on yourself – no matter what you mood is, relax your face and smile!

“Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile”

Words by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, music by Charlie Chaplin