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What Does a Smile Mean to You?

Updated on March 3, 2015

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and is nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be borrowed or stolen, for it is something of no value to anyone unless it is given away

None needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

Author Unknown


We are drawn to people who smile, as smiling makes us attractive. It can change our mood, if we feel down, and we put on a smile, more often than not, the smile becomes real.

When a person is smiling they light up the room, as smiling is contagious, it will relieve stress and make things easier to deal with.

Smiling people seem more confident, and smiling at meetings and appointments will have people reacting positively toward you.

Smiling will enhance your immune system and lowers your blood pressure, possibly because you are more relaxed. Smiling releases endorphins and Serotonin which makes us feel good.

The muscles we use to smile lift the face so making a person appear younger.

Words to Describe a Smile

Wreathed in Smiles
Smiled like a Cheshire Cat

Happiness starts with a smile

The older you are the less you tend to smile, just look at children they are smiling all the time.

As we get older we must practice smiling.

  • Now for a week, remind yourself to smile throughout your day, it is so simple, but your life will be better. Decide what your reminders are going to be, maybe when the phone rings, or email beeps, just ensure you smile throughout the day for a week.
  • People can feel the smile through the phone, as your voice lightens and the tone changes.
  • Smiling will reduce negativity, it hard to hold negative thoughts when you have a truly big smile on your face.
  • Take a deep breath or two when you smile, and the deep breathing will release the tension and relax you.
  • Take smiling to the top level by laughing. A belly laugh, laugh out loud, roll around laughing, that is what we are aiming for.
  • Find things to laugh about every day this week, read jokes, talk to funny people, listen to comedians, find things to make you laugh.

Do this exercise, every time you feel down. It is simplistic, but it works.

Nat King Cole singing the Charlie Chaplin classic "SMILE".

Lyrics to SMILE

Smile though your heart is breaking

Smile even though it's aching

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 singing through.

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.

Smile lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, EMI Music

© 2012 Shelley Watson

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      srishti tyagi 4 years ago

      smile is that thing which give relief to own

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      I'm a smiler, I swear by it. Thanks for the hub.

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      momster 5 years ago

      Smiley faces are the best. Great hub and some good information.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      jennzie, Thanks so much for visiting and the kind comments.

      GoForThe Juggler, So glad you visited, I also like that happy face!

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      That opening picture always makes me smile when I see it. XD

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      A smile is always a good thing for everyone involved! :-) Nice hub with a great message.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      stars 439, thank you so much - what a lovely comment!

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very very nice dear heart. GBY.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      alocsin - quite right too. Thank you for stopping by.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That's good advice to practice smiling when you get older, because the mouth and everything else tends to droop downward. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Rosemay50, Thank you for coming to smile on my hub!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Smiles are catching and laughs infectious so good to spread them around :)

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Rebeccamealey, Thank you for visiting!

      ChristyWrites, love the smile train of your and thanks for the smile - coming right back to you!

      DDE You have been really great, thank you.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A smile is what keeps you healthy daily, it doesn't cost anything to smile

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I vote up and beautiful - and not just because I love Celine Dion! I think more people really have to get onto the 'smile train' and love the positive nature of your hub. Thanks and I'm sharing too. Oh and here's a smile :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I remember hearing that song! I think I remember reading that even faking a smile can help produce the feel good endorphin's. Great job, Shelly!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      shiningirisheyes, Yay, that good to know.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I'm smiling right now!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      TammanyB, keep up the glowing smile - and thanks for visiting.

      AlanRimmer, Love the half-smile, I do that too when I'm starting to feel a little tense, it definitely takes the edge off!

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      AlanRimmer 5 years ago from Southwest UK

      Thanks for a great hub. I once read about a technique called the half-smile. If you are starting to feel a bit jaded, just try a half-smile, it soon gets you feeling upbeat again.

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      TammanyB 5 years ago

      Beautiful Hub! It increased my already glowing smile! I try wear one everyday! Mhatter99 - Love the hanger image!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Hi Dexter, Thanks, ha ha great - you made me smile !

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      A smile can change a person's life! And our own! This is terrific! Voted up, up and away!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      billybuc thank you for visiting, I wish you abundant soul food!

      Mhatter99, thanks for making me laugh, it is the higher grade version of a smile!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good work. people ask me why I'm always smiling. I say, "I go to sleep with a hanger in my mouth." :))

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A smile warms my heart; when it is from a loved one, it feeds my soul. Beautiful topic for a hub and well done.