"If you don't have a smile, I'll give you one of mine." ~ Author Unknown
Smile – it's good for you! Have you ever heard that? Is it, though, really any better than a straight face, or even frowning? According to a study from the November 2004 issue of General Psychiatry, elderly people, who maintained an optimistic outlook, were less likely to die than those with a more pessimistic outlook. The study was conducted on a group of adults ranging from 65- to 85- years old. And among this group, the people with optimistic outlooks were 55 percent less likely to die from all causes than those with more pessimistic outlook. And, after adjusting these numbers for other factors (smoking status, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and other health measures), the optimistic people were 71 percent less likely to die than the pessimistic people.
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." ~ Mother Teresa
Does that mean that smiling will make your life longer and more fulfilling? No. There are no guarantees, of course. Still, as long as we're here, isn't it better to just feel more genuinely happy? I think so! We all can choose how we live our lives. One of those choices is our general outlook we have. What do you portray? What do you want to portray?
"Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Today. Try to be genuinely happy. Maybe you are already. Still, see if there's a way you can offer even just one more smile to the world. You. You can shine a light for others, just through the simple act of a smile.
Some days, maybe you just feel like frowning. Maybe something 'bad' has happened. A loss of some sort. Maybe you did something you're not proud of. Maybe the cop stopped you for speeding, and wrote you a ticket. Maybe you stubbed your toe getting out of bed. A myriad of possibilities.
"Turn that frown upside down." ~ Author Unknown
As bad as life may seem, as much as we may think "woe is me", we really have it pretty good. Each one of us. Can you think of anyone who is worse off than you right now? I'm sure you probably can. And that there is reason enough for us to cheer up, and be happy. It's our opportunity to give a little of this optimism away.
"I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough." ~ Red Skelton
Spread some happiness today! Offer a smile to those around you! Show off your teeth! You may just live a little longer, and you'll surely enjoy the time you have much more. And isn't that really a big part of it all anyway? Genuinely enjoy your days…all that they offer. How do you want those days to be lived? Sure, there will be days where we need to be serious. Where we need to put on our "game face". In all of that, though, we can still smile.
And some days… Be goofy! Act silly! And always… Love life…