Spread a Smile, Create an Epidemic

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What's in a Smile

We stand out in a crowd when we smile. By smiling, we can reduce our stress levels, and therefore, improve our general health. We can even appear more attractive when we smile. Furthermore, frowns, scowls, and grimaces often turn people off, pushing them away, while a simple smile will draw them right in.

Change your mood with a smile

Studies have shown, by forcing ourselves to smile we are tricking or outwitting our body into believing that everything is fine, thereby, reducing our stress levels and pretty soon we will be smiling for real.

Smiles are accepted worldwide as a sign of happiness or joy; some may appear more genuine than others. However, for most of us, it is instinctive, a positive stimulus that can affect our mood. Not only will smiling change our mood, but it can also positively affect the moods of others.

Smiling is contagious, it spreads easily, like a chain reaction, one smile leads to another, and soon we have an epidemic.

Smile boost the immune System, we can improve the function of the immune system by smiling; this may be because we are more relaxed when we smile. When we boost our immune system, we also reduce episodes of colds and flu.

Smiling can lower your Blood Pressure. When we smile, there is a measurable reduction in blood pressure. This one we can put to the test, but will require a blood pressure monitor. Sit for a few minutes, then take a blood pressure reading. Smile for one minute, take a second reading, keep smiling. Check the difference.

Smile, a natural pain killer, most people are aware of the happy feeling of euphoria experienced after strenuous exercise, sex or listening to a favourite piece of music, but not many of us know that we can also get a happy hormone rush when we smile.

Research have shown that smiling releases endorphins (a natural pain killer) and serotonin into the blood stream, the hormones combined action help to make us feel good, giving us a natural high when we smile.

Smile for a younger look, the muscles we use when we smile also lift the face, giving us a younger look. So why not put that expensive face lift on hold and just keep smiling, soon you'll be feeling better and looking so much younger.

Smile for success, it is believed that people who smile appear more confident, they are easier to approach and are much more likely to be promoted.

Smile to stay positive, Try this test: Smile; While smiling, try to think of something sad or negative without losing your smile. Not easy, is it?

Keep right on Smiling. Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.


Make a Wave Spread a Smile

Hunted by grief loneliness etched her face
On she trudge; each step harder than before
A sympathetic stranger smiled hello
In the ancient face once set in stone
Eyes sparkle a warm wave begins to spread

On the early train, stressed commuting crowd
Eyes averted they dare not make contact
Morning paper an unbreachable wall
Shattered by the giggle of a little girl
Eyes sparkle a warm wave begins to spread

His boss on his back can't do right for wrong
harassed and worn wears a constant frown
But at end of day when the work is done
Immersed in the warmth of his lover's smile
Eyes sparkle a warm wave begins to spread

A perfect pearl, overflowing with love
Alzheimer's struck in the cruelest of ways
Her essence lost, memory fade and decay
But now and then when wee grandson smiles,
Eyes sparkle a warm wave begins to spread


A chain reaction all over the world

Infectious; it spreads, so just pass it on

Quirky, enigmatic, crooked or wide

It will ignite on contact heart to heart

Eyes sparkle a warm wave begins to spread

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Some Limericks By Tobusiness to Make you Smile

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Handsome Jack!

The Geek's Big Dongle

After the Party

All I want for Christmas

The friendly trouser Snake

Jock's Blessings

Sam's Truncheon

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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Jackie, I'm glad you found this one, it could use a few tweaks, I remember reading yours, awhile back , great job. A smile is so simple and highly beneficial, the more we spread, the better. :)


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I missed this it looks like Jo; but maybe it was before I was following you. Probably just as well since I did one on smiles too! lol Love the baby smile most of all! ^+


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Pamela, yes smiling is very infectious and such a lovely way to reach out to people. Have a wonderful day and keep smiling. :)


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Pamela N Red 3 years ago from Oklahoma

It truly is amazing how simply smiling can lift our mood. When we smile other people smile back even in passing cars and when seeing smiling faces you can't stay in a bad mood, it just isn't possible.

Peace and smiles. :0)


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

FlourishAnyway, a smile is such a small thing to give, but can mean so much!...I just couldn't resist Camilla and the horse, priceless!

Thank you for taking the time, much appreciated.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Mood is contagious, positive or negative -- and it's MUCH better to spread the positive! I guffawed at the photo of Camilla and the horse. Thanks so much.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Devika, it really is good to have you back, just keep smiling, it is the best medicine.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Michelle, lovely to see you, always a pleasure.

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine, have a wonderful weekend.

Jo.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A smile is the best medicine and I so much enjoy a smiley face the best way to pass any day, an informative and helpful hub


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Sending smiles your way today!! Thanks for sharing, Jo!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thanks Eddy, much appreciated.

My best to you.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

This is simply beautiful Jo and here's to so many more to come. There can never be too many smiles.

Have a wonderful day and I vote up,across and share.

Eddy.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Kevin, thank you so much for stopping by, and for the lovely comment, much appreciated.


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

Wonderful hub. Thanks a lot for sharing the importance of smile in our lives. The pictures included in the hub are very beautiful.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Georgialgal, lovely to see you! ..Thank you so much for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

I'm having a terrific day, hope you are to..keep smiling, my best to you. :)


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georgialgal1984 3 years ago from United States

Great information! A smile feels so much better than a frown! I try to remind myself to smile often and have a friendly countenance. It makes such a difference! Hope your day is wonderful~


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Martin, vey nice to see you!.. I hope all is well. Yes a smile can be a very important tool, charity or any business, honey will always taste better than vinegar :) My best to you.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

A very important tool in the charity business.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Irish, good to see you!...I hope all is well. Glad to know you enjoyed this, you have certainly put a few smiles on my face with your wonderful sense of humour.

Re: our future Queen; don't even go there.....Nay....nay, lass :)).


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Gypsy, lovely to see you....much appreciated.

One of the most endearing quality in a child is the ability to infect us with smiles, children are always so happy!.... we can learn much from them :).


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Excellent positive message my talented friend! I love to smile and cherish my laugh lines. Humor and laughter really do aid in a healthier lifestyle.

By the way - love the comparison photo of Camilla and her sister! Such a strong resemblance - you can definitely tell they are sisters! giggle giggle.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Smiling is indeed contagious. Especially love the smiles of children. Enjoyed this and great pics.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Blossom, you are very generous, :)..... thank you!... much appreciated and always a pleasure to see you.

Take care and my very best to you.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

It's so lovely when a smile begins to spread. Thank you for writing about it so beautifully.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Pamela, so nice to see you!.. thanks for adding you lovely smile to this page. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, much appreciated and my best to you.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This is a lovely hub and I agree that smiles are very important for everyone. They certainly brighten anyone's day. Voted up and awesome.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

James, a pleasure to see you!..thank you for the thumbs up, much appreciated and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Have a great week end and keep smiling.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Icbenefield, how very nice to see you!...Many thanks for stopping by, but especially for the smile :). My very best to you, have a wonderful week end.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Kashmir, a wonderful world indeed... let's give it a try, keep smiling

Love Jo :))


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lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia

Loved the poetry. The pictures made me smile. Great message.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

That was a true hearted poem and I give thumbs up on it just becuase it was really good but the topic was even amazing and of course your article is so amazing.Thanks for this perspective .I voted up.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend great article, if everyone just shared a smile with someone everyday what a wonderful world this would be . Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Imkarn, how are you? I hope all is well. Your friend is very wise, a smile is sunshine, it shines through the rain. Thank you for stopping by, you are always a breath of Spring. :)


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Suzette, I'm glad our paths have crossed also, it's a pleasure getting to know you. Thank you for the wonderful comment, Spring is here, the sun is shining, all good reasons to keep smiling.

Have a lovely week end.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

A smile can launch a thousand ships..

i can tell you this - i am smiling right now...lol..

I remember someone telling me when i was feeling down to smile - to basically - fake it till i make it, just because of all the positive effects it has on a mind, body - and soul..

JUST DO IT!

great topic, Jo - voting up and sharing on


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

What a wonderful, happy hub! This is so uplifting. You are correct, it is much easier to smile than to frown and doesn't cost a thing. Thank you for spreading smiles and happiness to us all. I am so glad our paths crossed here on HP. You are a fine writer.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Vocalcoach, a pleasure to see you, thank you so much for the visit comment and share. Seeing you have definitely put a smile on my face :).


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Vellur, lovely to see you!..Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Doc, thank you so much for stopping by. In my experience, the people who ask 'what are you so happy about' are the ones who need a smile the most. I'm often asked the same question, now I can say to them 'try it you might like it' :)).


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi rajan, you are so right, we have so much to smile about. Thank you for stopping by always a pleasure.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Faith, I'm so glad to know you've caught the smile :)....Blessings to you also, it's always a pleasure to see you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Wetnose, I chose this image of the old woman because of the light in her eyes when she smiled. I'm glad you liked it to, many thanks for the visit and comment, always appreciated.

Huge smile to Roscoe and the gang :)).


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Frank, a smile can connect on so many different levels, so simple yet so powerful. I imagine yours would be more of a cheeky grin :)) whatever; just keep smiling :).

Always good to see you.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A beautiful reminder of what a smile can do. For others and ourselves, it's the only way to go! Voted up, awesome and sharing. Thank you.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Lovely hub and beautiful pictures. Awesome hub.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

tobusiness, this was awesome! I loved the pics and short poems next. there are all very good reasons to smile. You'd be surprised how there are also people that will ask you what are you so happy about when they see you smile? It happens to me all the time. Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you're up to!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Beautiful poems, Jo and you sound out the reasons for smiling, loud and clear. With so many benefits there is no reason not to smile.

Voted up and interesting.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, WOW, these are amazing!!! What a lovely subject to write about . . . a smile and the power is holds!

You have written such a beautiful and inspiring collection here on the smile, and they have made me smile this day.

What a lovely blessing.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Smiling back at you, Faith Reaper


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Smile, wave, giggle - all wonderful. I adore the picture of the older lady smiling.

Great hub.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

amazing you just got me smiling :)


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Kidscrafts, I'm very happy to help, now just pass it on... :)...and of course animal smiles, my dog certainly do, actually, he is doing it right now. Keep smiling and my best to you. :))


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Jamie, always a pleasure!


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Very nice hub and beautiful poem, Jo! We should all smile more for sure when you read all the benefits it can have! I am all for it.... and with it add some laughing yoga.

I love your picture of the baby smiling! And the little duckling....very cute! Sometimes, I have the feeling that one of my cat is smiling... and that make me smile for sure!

Thank you for starting this weekend with a broad smile! Have the best weekend :-)))))


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for making me smile. Jamie


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Billy, wonderful indeed; I do my best...great to see you, thanks for stopping by, always appreciated.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Lurana, thank you for being my first, always assuming there will be some more :).... a smile cost us nothing, but it can lighten the heart and make someone's day. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

My best to you as always.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Wouldn't it be wonderful, Jo, if we could spread a contagious wave around the world? I'm with you my dear. Beautiful work.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

This is wonderful! The smile info was great and the poetry is just beautiful. You described so many moments where a smile turns everything around...such true-t0-life examples of making a difference with infectious happiness or kindness.

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