Smile: It’s Good for the Heart
A Smile Can Melt Your Heart
Disneyland Hong Kong was filled with hundreds of people as many came to celebrate the New Year (2009) in a place where you can let your hair down and allow the child in you to shine. As we rode the bus from the hotel to Disney, I was quietly gazing at my surroundings grateful to have the chance to be with my family and relatives.
As we disembarked from the bus, a few seats away from me, I came face to face with a little girl with short brown hair. I smiled at her.
And the memory of what happened next made me smile even unto this day.
She smiled back. And oh my, it was such a beautiful smile! I know kids usually have beautiful smiles and yet somehow this one was different. When her lips curved up, it lit up her face as her eyes grew wide and twinkled with delight. It spoke of joy and love and her energy just seemed to connect with mine. I could visualize sunshine, green meadows and flowers all in the span of a few seconds. I wish I could have captured that smile in my camera.
And then the words burst forth from her lips as she turned to look at her mother, “Mommy! She smiled at me! She smiled at me Mommy!”
A Smile Heals!
Her words gripped my heart and I was overjoyed. It was amazing. My smile mattered to a little angel. And I in turn was so blessed to have received hers. And I was right. We connected just like that. Her mother was busy trying to help her out of her seat and didn’t seem to hear her words. They went down the bus, her little steps matching the long strides of her Mommy. I watched them go and watched the sun shine upon her head.
So if you would ask me, how was your trip to Disneyland Hong Kong? I could tell you this honestly. It was splendid because I shared one of the most beautiful smiles with a little girl. A smile that crossed boundaries, race and culture and spoke of the connectedness we have with each other.
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"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." --Mother Teresa
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." -- Phyllis Diller
"Keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you've been up to." -- Author Unknown
"I am persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so when he laughs - it adds something to this fragment of life." -- Laurence Sterne
"One word or a pleasing smile is often enough to raise up a saddened and wounded soul."-- Therese of Lisieux
Allow Yourself to be Happy..Smile!
How Do You Put a Smile On Your Face?
1. Relish in the Ordinary Things
What is your heart’s treasure? I am sure these are the things that will make you smile. I have always found joy in connecting with people and so, a smile shared already makes me happy. And so whether it may be gardening, talking with friends, hubbing, facebooking, sharing a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise, or walking along the beach, petting a dog or a cat, notice how these things make you smile. Relish in it. Appreciate it. Be grateful for it. And smile. Be aware of these things and do them more often.
2. View your Troubles Differently
Problems and challenges are there in our lives whether we like it or not. We have to deal with recession, swine flu, storms, earthquakes, burnt food, nosy neighbors, betrayals, cancer, death, money problems and on and on and on. But here is the good news. Do you know that ultimately our perception of these challenges is the one thing that will turn the “bad” into “good?” And seeing the good in things will make us respond in a better way? And thus, more good things will come out of it.
3. Smile and the World Smiles with You
You can choose to believe that the world is full of ugly people and monsters ready to pounce and take advantage of you. Or you can choose to believe that the world is full of wonderful people who are learning and growing and trying their best to become the best persons they can be. And that it is our essence, our being…we are naturally kind, compassionate and loving.
Smile because all is well.
Smile, it's Good for Your Heart!
When you smile, it is an indication that you feel good. And feeling good definitely improves your mood making you feel attractive and young. An improved mood lowers your blood pressure which is very good for your heart. And since you are in a relaxed state, your body’s immune system is at its peak. Endorphins or feel good hormones are released in your body improving your emotional well being while serotonin are also unleashed to help you sleep better. So stretch those muscles today, allow yourself to relax, smile and enjoy life!
By: Michelle Simtoco