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How to Remember to Smile More Often

Updated on September 22, 2014

Ways to Make You Smile

Smile! | Source


"When you're smiling the whole world smiles with you...." What better incentive to smile? How about this one, " If you're reading this...Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.” ― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head. I hope that made you smile.

Admit it, doesn't everybody look better when they smile? Really, have you seen a homely baby that smiles all the time and just looks beautiful? (Sorry homely baby.) Or that guy down the street that's always smiling it makes you want to get to know him?

Its easy to smile, honest. It doesn't take a lot of hard work, your face can fall into a smile with very little effort. Of course there is a difference between the 'fake' smile and the 'genuine' smile. The fake smile is used in polite situations or with strangers while the genuine smile is used when we are genuinely happy.

Does it Make You Smile?

The old cake on the nose trick.
The old cake on the nose trick. | Source

Different Kinds of Smiles

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Mother Teresa

So we've mentioned fake smile and genuine smile, what other kinds of smile are there? Well, what about the smile you show when you're in love? We could call it a contented smile. What about the "know it all" smile? When you know something no one else knows and it makes you feel good.

How about when you've accomplished something you've wanted to do for a long time? Would you call that the satisfaction smile? What about that 'sexy' smile or that come hither smile?

I bet you could add to this list with just a moment's thought. When you're being shy or coy you smile...some people smile when they are guilty.

There are tons of different kinds of smiles.

Tim McGraw - Just to See You Smile

Remember to Smile

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Think happy thoughts
  • Look at all people as your friends
  • Appreciate the beauty of nature
  • Be glad you have a new day to experience
  • View the glass as half full
  • A smile knows no language barrier
  • You look better when you smile
  • Your smile can make other people smile
  • Smiling lowers your blood pressure

How to Remember to Smile More Often

Can you forget to smile? Probably not when you're really happy but, what about other times? When you're walking down the street and pass a stranger, do you smile?

So, how do you remember to smile more often? First and foremost, think happy thoughts. No, I know you're not Pollyanna, but, it never hurts to smile. You know someone with a smile on their face seems warm and friendly so why not smile.

Think about the good things in your life, your spouse, your children, aren't they worth smiling about? Smiling can make you feel better too. Thinking about all the benefits of smiling might help you to remember to smile. Smiling sends a message to your brain that you are happy, even if you're not.

"...despite our inherited level of happiness, and despite the complexities of our lives, a whopping 40% is due to our behavior, over which we do have control."(1) So, what that means is you can make yourself happy by smiling. That's one good reason to remember to smile.

Stop and appreciate what's around you. When you see a beautiful flower or plant, smile. When you see a group of children playing, smile. How about that poor soul who just stepped in a puddle and got soaking wet...a little smile might help make them feel better.

Little tricks in your brain can help you remember to smile. The more you smile, the more others around you will smile. One day, make it a practice to smile at everyone you do business with; a cashier, a parking lot attendant, a grocery store clerk, the mailman, anyone. Another day, keep a tune in your head and smile as you go to and from work. Smile every time you say thank you. Practicing smiling will help you to remember to smile.

Everyone deserves a smile. How nice it is to see a smile on someone's face. Why not make someone else happy by putting a smile on your face?

The more often you smile, the more often you will remember to smile. Keep smiling!

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Things That Make You Smile

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A soothing hot tub.Lounging with your dog.Seeing a frog in your pond.Birthday cake.A cozy kitty.A colorful flower.A shopping trip to NYC.A newborn baby.A toddler with a chain saw?Little sneakers!
A soothing hot tub.
A soothing hot tub. | Source
Lounging with your dog.
Lounging with your dog. | Source
Seeing a frog in your pond.
Seeing a frog in your pond. | Source
Birthday cake.
Birthday cake. | Source
A cozy kitty.
A cozy kitty. | Source
A colorful flower.
A colorful flower. | Source
A shopping trip to NYC.
A shopping trip to NYC. | Source
A newborn baby.
A newborn baby. | Source
A toddler with a chain saw?
A toddler with a chain saw? | Source
Little sneakers!
Little sneakers! | Source

(1), Come On, Get Happy! Let Go of Negativity and Increase Your Happiness Set Point -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach


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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Oh Effer , I imagine you with a smile on your face all the time...the fake smile can certainly be painful, especially for the person looking at it! Smiling is REAL!

      Tattuwurn, that's great, no wrinkles!

      Faith, glad you liked my hub and photos. That was like my second time ever in a hot tub! So good to see you here and appreciate your votes and share! God bless and keep you safe and happy in the New Year.

      How true Vinaya, just smile!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      When we smile our muscles relax, we feel light. People admire people who are always smiling. Smile does not hurt anyone. My favorite one liner about smile:

      Keep smiling, the world is not going to end.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Reading this lovely hub brought a big smile to my face this morning! What a great way to start the day . . . with a smile . . . as well as ending the day! I noticed that sometimes when you run into someone who is not smiling . . . and you just simply smile at them, then appears a nice smile on their face too. I really love your great photos there at the end, especially the one of you in the hot tub, with the serene smile on your face! Perfect.

      Voted up ++++ sharing

      God bless and keep on smiling. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      tattuwurn 5 years ago

      I smile, in pleasure and even in pain. I believe smiling lifts my face up and hopefully will reduce my wrinkles! It's a great way to start the year with this hub, thanks for sharing. :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Til....Love this hub, love the pictures and the music, love your theory and I LOVE to smile...make others smile and be smiled at!.....Yes, everyone looks more healthy, confident and loving when they're smiling.

      A favorite song of mine....Smile, when your heart is, even when it's breaking.....Another way of saying, "Fake it til you make it."

      I'm no good at "fake smiles,".....I just look like I'm in some serious pain! If you can muster up a can make it matter...make it real!...UP+++

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Frank...lunacy runs in my family so there's lots of smiling! Happy New Year!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful Hub Til.. had me smiling ear to ear :) Frank oh and Happy New Year to you and your family :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You are most welcome whonu (I'm smiling as I type).

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing this bright spot, my friend. whonu

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Genna...I've ALWAYS believed in smiling, even as a kid. Remember when the teacher would say, "wipe that silly smile off your face"?

      Oh Michael, I'm so glad I could make you smile!

      So right can all start with a smile. Thanks for the votes and shares!

      Eddy, what a lovely comment. New steps and beginnings for both of us and of course your wonderful love and hugs are returned with a smile!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Mary and here's to so many more to follow in this bright New year ahead.

      New steps and new beginnings. Lots of love and hugs.


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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Well, it doesn't cost you anything to smile, nor be polite. I honestly believe that you get back what you put out, so smiling is never a bad start to this ;-).

      Up, shared, pinned, tweeted, up and awesome.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I am smiling right now and will be throu-out the night .


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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh Till, this is one of my favorite hubs. I loooove smiles. The world needs so many right now. Up and sharing! Hugs. :-)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Billips a simple smile is all it takes...thanks for stopping by.

      WND, seems all dogs are alike...they make us smile.

      Mary, now I'm jealous cause I don't have a hot tub!

      SS...I would imagine you smiling all the time.

      Victoria, just think about my grandson with the chainsaw and you are bound to smile.

      Glad you enjoyed my photos Teaches, I tried to pick ones I thought would make people smile.

      Thanks Alecia. I believe too you can hear a smile in your voice.

      Happy to make you smile Michelle.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Now, I"m going to smile all day. Thanks for sharing this, Mary, a great hub!!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I heard if you smile when you answer the phone, it makes people more receptive and pleased to talk to you. I think it's true. I can tell when a grouch is answering the phone and it's not fun. A great new hub for the new year!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Love the photo suggestions-- especially the babies. Your tips are excellent!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      The toddler with the chainsaw. LOL! This is a great hub. I am so bad about forgetting to smile. Gosh, I need to remember this. Thanks for writing this. Voted up and everything else!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome reminder for many!!! I consider myself one of the lucky ones who doesn't need a reminder, smiling just comes natural. No one likes a grouch. Bring on the Sunshine Smile ;-)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Yep, this Hub made me smile. I do try to smile, but sometimes I think it comes across as being fake. If I can't smile, I do try to look pleasant to other people I come in contact with.

      You sure look good in that hot tub. Bet that thing if nice during cold weather. Even in the hot weather here, I love mine!

      I voted this UP, etc. and shared.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Wonderful smiling hub. It made me smile. The pictures made me smile. You know I really smiled at the dog one and the frog reminded me of the things that hop and crawl around in my yard that I try to rescue from my silly dog, Jenny. Definitely smiled at that.

      Sharing this.

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      billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

      I really enjoyed this Hub Tillsontitan - I don't think a lot of people realize how happy you can make others with just a smile - you don't have to know a person - just a simple smile when you make eye contact, can brighten someone's day - regards, B.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Pamela, I agree smiling can change your outlook.

      Jools, I'm not surprised you smile a lot....I can feel it in your hubs!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Tills, you look so relaxed in that hot tub - that would definitely make me smile :o) Interesting hub, smiling is good for you - I do it a lot!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I love this hub and couldn't agree more. Smiling changes your whole outlook and that of others too. Tim McGraw's song was a great choice too.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You're right Karen....I tried to include thoughts and pictures that would make you smile and I'm so glad I did! Glad you enjoyed. (sounds pretty much like I'm 'glad')

      MH you're comment should've been in my hub ;)

      B2B, your example is kind of what I was talking a smile can sometimes be so effective. Have a very Happy New Year too and may it be filled with good things.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Tilly. Do you know, I remember a smile I had from a man 36 years ago, I had gone to France and was crossing a road in Paris when I caught the eye of a man sitting outside a cafe having a drink, I have no idea why this man´s smile should still be in my memory after all this time, but it is, and pops into my head every so often, like now after reading this hub. A smile from someone can make my day and I hope vice versa. Happy new year Tilly to you and yours :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good share, thank you. The secret to my smile? I go to bed with a coat hanger in my mouth. :))

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is really great. I enjoyed it and it gives the reader some food for thought, and reasons for smiling more. And I found myself smiling as I read it...intended by you I am sure. I LOVED it...voted up and awesome!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Bill, that young lady is one of my wonderful grandchildren and like all of them, is a great sport! Thanks Bill.

      Glimmer, a smile can light up a room....keep smiling and laughing.

      Moonlake, you're my kind of gal. I bet your grandchildren love to visit grandma! I have to admit, your comment made me smile!

      Xstatic, its always so good to see you and thank you for the congrats! HawaiiO was very gracious and kind to me ;)

      Thank Julie, that hot tub was a good thing for sure!

      HawaiiO, how I wish that was my hot tub! Of course you are right, the photo was taken in the warmer months. Can't wait to see the "tuna" look!

      Now Bob, although you are 100% correct there are some out there (none in Hubville I'm sure) who forget to smile even when they're happy!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      ...but no one should have to "remember to smile." A smile is an automatic response to a communication or pleasing event...if you don't smile until convention reminds you, it will be forced and false...


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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Mary, xstatic and I are freezin' our buns off here in the Pacific Northwest, and there you are in that hot tub! Ha-ha! Just kidding...I know that your picture was probably taken during a warmer time of the year for you. This was another terrific hub because you put your own branded spin on a universal topic. I was just telling my wife that when I go on my hour-long walks in the morning, I am so tunnel-visioned that I really don't know who it is that honks at me. (I'm embarrassed, you see, and breathing so laboriously that it would take precious energy to smile...give me a few months of diligent daily exercise, and I'll be smiling like a tuna that ate the bait and got away.) Great hub, and I'm glad to see that you're off to a great start in this infant year.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, I am a smiler by nature, so this article was truly up my alley!! That said just loved it and especially the picture of you in your hot tub, seriously looked nice and relaxing and wished I could be doing that right about now!!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Our little granddaughters would leave their hand prints on our glass doors when they would come for a visit. We left the prints there after they left because they made us smile.

      Our friends would come for a visit and we often got in water fights the kids joining in. It made the kids and us smile.

      We use to let our granddaughters mark up our doors with glass paint because it made them happy and made us smile. It also comes off with a damp cloth. Our son-in-law hated that and wouldn't let them do it in their home. He's no longer our son-in-law, that makes us SMILE!

      Voted up.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great way to start the New Year, with a smile, and the photos help a lot too. This is wonder you got the hawaiian odysseus award! Congratulations bu the way.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      The world needs to smile more. It is amazing how a smile can change my mood. If I am down, I can smile and change the whole day. Of course a really good belly laugh can do that too! Awesome hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The old cake on the nose trick gets me every single time. LOL Whoever that young lady is she is a good sport.

      Great message Mary and one I completely agree with.