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Smile - and the whole world smiles with you

Updated on June 26, 2011
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"Neighhhhhh everyone! How are you doin'? Isn't it just a fabulous day?"

We are all drawn to people who smile, who are cheerful and have a happy disposition. They have a spring in their step, they go about life singing or whistling a tune, there is a sparkle in their eye, they greet people with sincere warmth, enthusiastic handshake and a big hug.

I have a few friends who are such, and they are a delight to be with. Although they may be going through some rough patches at work, home or otherwise, nothing ever seem to phase them. They view life as an exciting journey to be experienced while embracing each day with a smile. There never seem a dull moment for them.

I am curious...

Why are they so cheerful all the time? Why do they have a permanent inviting smile on their face? Isn't it an effort to be smiling constantly? Just what makes them tick?

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What happens 'When you're smiling, when you're smiling...'

What I do know is when someone smiles, it changes my mood and others' around me. Their smile is contagious if not infectious. Just having them around, it just brightens up the room. Their smiling faces look so much more beautiful as well. Wow!The benefits of smiling is just amazing!

I have noticed when people smile, relationships are on their way to being healed, problems are halfway solved and disagreements are partly bridged. Boundaries start to melt, hearts begin to open up, arms start to open out, distances also reduced. Days become lighter and easier to bear, stress been relieved, depression can be avoided, immune system improved, blood pressure lowered.

While a certain smile does make you appear calm and cheerful, it also can give you a sense of well-being, changes your emotional state by helping you feel happier and more confident. Smiling also puts you in a positive frame of mind, which then opens up possibilities and real opportunities in life. You will also view the world through positive eyes. You will start to look more attractive and welcoming in the other person's eyes, and might even find that you are now becoming more popular, have more friends and are more influential over others.

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Why don't people smile more often?

Smiling take just way too much effort. Life is rough as it is, what is the purpose of putting extra energy into smiling when I seriously do not feel like wanting to smile?

Well, it honestly takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Did you know you need to move seventeen muscles to smile and as compared to forty-three to frown?

As to not feeling like you'd like to smile especially if you had a rough day, the reason to smile often lies in our general attitude towards life. If we can learn to accept situations as they are while still attempting to try your best to better them, you will find that you will be able to smile more readily and more often.

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Change the world we live in - learn to SMILE!

The world we live in is not perfect and never will be. There will be many instances where no matter how much we try, we cannot change how things are. Have you noticed that the smallest amount of negativity can erode even the best of relationships?

We can, however, change how we decide to view situations. If we decide to focus on the negativity that is surrounding us, we only choose to make ourselves miserable, pessimistic, and possibly experience depression.

But if we learn to adjust, compromise and make the best of every situation we are in, we will find ourselves in a better space in life. One of the ways is to ensure that we limit the amount of negativity that we allow into our minds, the other is to remove ourselves from these environments whenever is possible. Keep thinking positive!

Through it all, we need to learn to SMILE :)

So, what does a smile cost you?

A smile is priceless, does not cost us anything, not a single cent. We should use this precious commodity to brighten the world around us and make people smile. Let us all give away our smile freely and spread joy to everyone.

Let's make a conscious effort to simply smile :)

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Famous quotes on some inspiring reasons to Smile

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 powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it. - Anonymous

Everyone smiles in the same language. - Anonymous

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers. - Maya Angelou

Always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.
- Anonymous

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. - Anonymous

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. - Mother Teresa

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. - John Ray

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. - Lee Mildon

Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.- Walter Anderson

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too. - Anonymous

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. - Anonymous

Wear a smile. One size fits all. - Anonymous

You're never fully dressed without a smile. - Martin Charnin

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. - George Eliot

SMILE Video by Michael Jackson

I had to include the video below. It was put together by bramblebramble as a tribute to Michael Jackson who sadly passed away in 2009.

This song 'SMILE' was sung so beautifully, it talks of people going through tough times but encourages you to SMILE despite the difficult times. Yes, the way he sung it was quite melancholy, but do listen to the words 'If you smile through your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow, you'll see the sun come shining through for you'. If you are looking for the lyrics, I have included it right below the video.

So for all of you facing trying situations in your life, may I encourage you to just ...

SMILE, you'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile.

Michael Jackson's SMILE and other products


Sung by Michael Jackson, lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons and music by Charlie Chaplin

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


DO YOU KNOW about World Smile Day?

The world's first World Smile Day was first celebrated in 1999. World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October every year. The slogan of the Smile Foundation is, "Improving this world, one smile at a time". World Smile Day 2010 message was " Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"

Particitpate in World Smile Day this year - Friday October 7th, 2011.

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      May PL 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hey dobster1, thanks for coming by again! I totally agree with how events can be altered by smiles. I have seen it with my own eyes!

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      dobster1 6 years ago

      True! Even the smallest smile can change the outcome of many life events.

      It is so easy to smile - it should be mandatory! Not too many smiles in Europe though!

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      May PL 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      What a gift it is to be able to smile a lot, mannyrolando. Life certainly look brighter, doesn't it? My husband is one such person too, he always looks at things from the positive side and continually smiles. Thanks for sharing on FB.

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      I absolutely love this hub! I'm smiling now! I must say I'm one of those people that smiles and laughs a lot, I most definitely get it from my mother and she is complimented on a daily basis for her smile and her laughter! THank you! I will share this on FB!

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      May PL 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks carrie450. Smiles are contagious, isn't it? :)

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Nice hub May. I know what you mean about people laughing and whistling and smiling all of the time. I have a few friends like that and it lifts my spirits so I try and smile as much as I can. You never know what another person may be going through and it may make their day a little better.