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Smiling as an Exercise
How often do you smile during a given 24 hours?The actual exercise of smiling takes little to no effort but the results are wonderful. Like a magnet of like attracts like, a smile attracts happiness. Who wouldn't want to attract more happiness into their lives?
Smiling is such a great emotional exercise. It not only acts as a face lift, by raising the corner of your mouth and cheeks, but it also is a great mood booster for you and everyone you come into contact with. When you smile the endorphins in the brain are raised and your spirits are lifted and make you feel almost giggly and joyous. Oh what a feeling that is, to feel almost child like and playful. It evokes good feelings and when you are feeling good you only attract more good things into your life.
Imagine if you could smile often every day and feel good everyday. If only for a moment, think of all the people you could uplift and the lives you could change. Imagine rush hour traffic and everyone is stressed out from a long days work and instead of beeping your horn and getting agitated, smile at the person next to you and see what happens. You'll get mixed reactions but mostly they will smile back at you. They can't help it as a smile is highly contagious, when it is genuine and comes from the heart.
So here is a daily smiling exercise for you:
#1. Wake up smiling and stretching .Close your eyes and with your mind, send smiles to your organs( your heart, liver, spleen ,muscles etc..) and the outside of your body too. Imagine little smiley faces filling your whole being. Start with the smiles coming in through the top of your head and fill your whole body up with them. You now come to a place of feeling a heightened state of inner joy and bliss and it has spread throughout your whole being and emanates outward. Almost as if you have swallowed the sun and the rays of light are glowing through every pore in your body and all around you.
#2. Continue smiling when you take your shower and go about your morning activities.
#3. Think about smiling every time you greet someone. Whether you like the person or not. Especially meeting business contacts or perspective employers. Most people usually feel better around a person who smiles as opposed to someone who frowns and grumbles all the time.
#4 .Anytime you get agitated throughout the day close your eyes for a moment and just muster up a smile and you can go back in your mind to that smiling feeling that you created in the morning.
You will almost laugh at yourself for getting so very serious. When you practice this smiling exercise regularly you will notice your blood pressure to be more at an even keel and you will feel better than you have in a while and it will make you want to practice more often.
I hope this will be helpful for your daily wellbeing and that you will try it for at least 30 days in a row. By doing this you will definitely notice a difference. Some will feel results quicker than others depending upon where you are at in your life at the moment. The best thing to do would be to keep a daily journal during this 30 days and you will see a difference between day 1 and day 30,if you are diligent about doing it every day.
I send you all the best in your daily smiling exercise regime. Look forward to hearing any results you wish to share.