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Spread a Smile, Create an Epidemic

Updated on September 26, 2018
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

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What's in a Smile

We stand out in a crowd when we smile. By smiling, we can reduce our stress levels, and therefore, improve our general health. We can even appear more attractive when we smile. Furthermore, frowns, scowls, and grimaces often turn people off pushing them away, while a simple smile will draw them right in.

Change your mood with a smile

Studies have shown that by forcing ourselves to smile we are tricking or outwitting our body into believing that everything is fine, thereby, reducing our stress levels and pretty soon we will be smiling for real.

Smiles are accepted worldwide as a sign of happiness or joy; some may appear more genuine than others. However, for most of us, it is instinctive, a positive stimulus that can affect our mood. Not only will smiling change our mood, but it can also positively affect the moods of others.

Smiling is contagious, it spreads easily like a chain reaction. One smile leads to another, and soon we have an epidemic.

Smile boost the Immune System, we can improve the function of the immune system by smiling; this may be because we are more relaxed when we smile. When we boost our immune system we also reduce episodes of colds and flu.

Smiling can lower your Blood Pressure. Research shows that there is a measurable reduction in blood pressure when we smile. This one can be put to the test, whoever, to do so will require a blood pressure monitor.

Sit for a few minutes, then take a blood pressure reading. Smile for one minute, take a second reading, keep smiling. Check the difference.

Smile, a natural painkiller, most people are aware of the happy feeling of euphoria experienced after strenuous exercise, sex or listening to a favourite piece of music, but not many of us know that we can also get a happy hormone rush when we smile.

Research has shown that smiling releases endorphins (a natural painkiller) and serotonin into the bloodstream. The combined actions of these hormones help to make us feel good, giving us a natural high when we smile.

Smile for a younger look, the muscles we use when we smile also lift the face, giving us a younger look. So why not put that expensive facelift on hold and just keep smiling, soon you'll be feeling better and looking so much younger.

Smile for success, it is believed that people who smile appear more confident, they are easier to approach and are much more likely to be promoted.

Smile to stay positive, Try this test: Smile; While smiling, try to think of something sad or negative without losing your smile. Not easy, is it?

Keep right on smiling. Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.


Make a Wave Spread a Smile

Hunted by grief, loneliness etched her face
On she trudge; each step harder than before
A sympathetic stranger smiled hello

In the ancient face once set in stone
Eyes sparkle and a warm wave begins to spread

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Muted commuters riding the early train,
Heads hung low, avoiding all human contact
The morning paper their unbreachable wall
Shattered by the giggle of a little girl
Eyes sparkle and a warm wave begins to spread

His boss on his back cannot do right for wrong
So harassed and torn, he wears a constant frown
But at the end of day when his work is done
Immersed in the warmth of his lover's sweet smile
Eyes sparkle and a warm wave begins to spread

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She was the perfect pearl, selfless and giving
Then Alzheimer's struck in the cruelest way
Her essence lost as her memories fade away
But the ghost of her lover lit her grandson's smile,
Eyes sparkle and a warm wave begins to spread

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A chain reaction all over the world

Infectious; it spreads, so just pass it on

Quirky, enigmatic, crooked or wide

It will ignite on contact heart to heart

Feel the sparkle as warm wave begins to spread

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Jock's Blessings

Sam's Truncheon

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    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Jackie, I'm glad you found this one, it could use a few tweaks, I remember reading yours, awhile back , great job. A smile is so simple and highly beneficial, the more we spread, the better. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I missed this it looks like Jo; but maybe it was before I was following you. Probably just as well since I did one on smiles too! lol Love the baby smile most of all! ^+

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Pamela, yes smiling is very infectious and such a lovely way to reach out to people. Have a wonderful day and keep smiling. :)

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      Pamela N Red 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      It truly is amazing how simply smiling can lift our mood. When we smile other people smile back even in passing cars and when seeing smiling faces you can't stay in a bad mood, it just isn't possible.

      Peace and smiles. :0)

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      FlourishAnyway, a smile is such a small thing to give, but can mean so much!...I just couldn't resist Camilla and the horse, priceless!

      Thank you for taking the time, much appreciated.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      Mood is contagious, positive or negative -- and it's MUCH better to spread the positive! I guffawed at the photo of Camilla and the horse. Thanks so much.

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Devika, it really is good to have you back, just keep smiling, it is the best medicine.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Michelle, lovely to see you, always a pleasure.

      I hope you are enjoying the sunshine, have a wonderful weekend.

      Jo.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A smile is the best medicine and I so much enjoy a smiley face the best way to pass any day, an informative and helpful hub

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Sending smiles your way today!! Thanks for sharing, Jo!

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Thanks Eddy, much appreciated.

      My best to you.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      This is simply beautiful Jo and here's to so many more to come. There can never be too many smiles.

      Have a wonderful day and I vote up,across and share.

      Eddy.

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Kevin, thank you so much for stopping by, and for the lovely comment, much appreciated.

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      Kevin Peter 

      5 years ago from Global Citizen

      Wonderful hub. Thanks a lot for sharing the importance of smile in our lives. The pictures included in the hub are very beautiful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Georgialgal, lovely to see you! ..Thank you so much for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

      I'm having a terrific day, hope you are to..keep smiling, my best to you. :)

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      Mrs Clark 

      5 years ago from United States

      Great information! A smile feels so much better than a frown! I try to remind myself to smile often and have a friendly countenance. It makes such a difference! Hope your day is wonderful~

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Martin, vey nice to see you!.. I hope all is well. Yes a smile can be a very important tool, charity or any business, honey will always taste better than vinegar :) My best to you.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      A very important tool in the charity business.

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Irish, good to see you!...I hope all is well. Glad to know you enjoyed this, you have certainly put a few smiles on my face with your wonderful sense of humour.

      Re: our future Queen; don't even go there.....Nay....nay, lass :)).

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Gypsy, lovely to see you....much appreciated.

      One of the most endearing quality in a child is the ability to infect us with smiles, children are always so happy!.... we can learn much from them :).

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Excellent positive message my talented friend! I love to smile and cherish my laugh lines. Humor and laughter really do aid in a healthier lifestyle.

      By the way - love the comparison photo of Camilla and her sister! Such a strong resemblance - you can definitely tell they are sisters! giggle giggle.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Smiling is indeed contagious. Especially love the smiles of children. Enjoyed this and great pics.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Blossom, you are very generous, :)..... thank you!... much appreciated and always a pleasure to see you.

      Take care and my very best to you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It's so lovely when a smile begins to spread. Thank you for writing about it so beautifully.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Pamela, so nice to see you!.. thanks for adding you lovely smile to this page. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, much appreciated and my best to you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a lovely hub and I agree that smiles are very important for everyone. They certainly brighten anyone's day. Voted up and awesome.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      James, a pleasure to see you!..thank you for the thumbs up, much appreciated and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Have a great week end and keep smiling.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Icbenefield, how very nice to see you!...Many thanks for stopping by, but especially for the smile :). My very best to you, have a wonderful week end.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Kashmir, a wonderful world indeed... let's give it a try, keep smiling

      Love Jo :))

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      lcbenefield 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Loved the poetry. The pictures made me smile. Great message.

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      That was a true hearted poem and I give thumbs up on it just becuase it was really good but the topic was even amazing and of course your article is so amazing.Thanks for this perspective .I voted up.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great article, if everyone just shared a smile with someone everyday what a wonderful world this would be . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Imkarn, how are you? I hope all is well. Your friend is very wise, a smile is sunshine, it shines through the rain. Thank you for stopping by, you are always a breath of Spring. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Suzette, I'm glad our paths have crossed also, it's a pleasure getting to know you. Thank you for the wonderful comment, Spring is here, the sun is shining, all good reasons to keep smiling.

      Have a lovely week end.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      A smile can launch a thousand ships..

      i can tell you this - i am smiling right now...lol..

      I remember someone telling me when i was feeling down to smile - to basically - fake it till i make it, just because of all the positive effects it has on a mind, body - and soul..

      JUST DO IT!

      great topic, Jo - voting up and sharing on

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a wonderful, happy hub! This is so uplifting. You are correct, it is much easier to smile than to frown and doesn't cost a thing. Thank you for spreading smiles and happiness to us all. I am so glad our paths crossed here on HP. You are a fine writer.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Vocalcoach, a pleasure to see you, thank you so much for the visit comment and share. Seeing you have definitely put a smile on my face :).

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Vellur, lovely to see you!..Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Doc, thank you so much for stopping by. In my experience, the people who ask 'what are you so happy about' are the ones who need a smile the most. I'm often asked the same question, now I can say to them 'try it you might like it' :)).

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi rajan, you are so right, we have so much to smile about. Thank you for stopping by always a pleasure.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Faith, I'm so glad to know you've caught the smile :)....Blessings to you also, it's always a pleasure to see you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Wetnose, I chose this image of the old woman because of the light in her eyes when she smiled. I'm glad you liked it to, many thanks for the visit and comment, always appreciated.

      Huge smile to Roscoe and the gang :)).

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Frank, a smile can connect on so many different levels, so simple yet so powerful. I imagine yours would be more of a cheeky grin :)) whatever; just keep smiling :).

      Always good to see you.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      A beautiful reminder of what a smile can do. For others and ourselves, it's the only way to go! Voted up, awesome and sharing. Thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Lovely hub and beautiful pictures. Awesome hub.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      tobusiness, this was awesome! I loved the pics and short poems next. there are all very good reasons to smile. You'd be surprised how there are also people that will ask you what are you so happy about when they see you smile? It happens to me all the time. Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you're up to!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful poems, Jo and you sound out the reasons for smiling, loud and clear. With so many benefits there is no reason not to smile.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, WOW, these are amazing!!! What a lovely subject to write about . . . a smile and the power is holds!

      You have written such a beautiful and inspiring collection here on the smile, and they have made me smile this day.

      What a lovely blessing.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Smiling back at you, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 

      5 years ago from Alabama

      Smile, wave, giggle - all wonderful. I adore the picture of the older lady smiling.

      Great hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      amazing you just got me smiling :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Kidscrafts, I'm very happy to help, now just pass it on... :)...and of course animal smiles, my dog certainly do, actually, he is doing it right now. Keep smiling and my best to you. :))

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Jamie, always a pleasure!

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      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very nice hub and beautiful poem, Jo! We should all smile more for sure when you read all the benefits it can have! I am all for it.... and with it add some laughing yoga.

      I love your picture of the baby smiling! And the little duckling....very cute! Sometimes, I have the feeling that one of my cat is smiling... and that make me smile for sure!

      Thank you for starting this weekend with a broad smile! Have the best weekend :-)))))

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for making me smile. Jamie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Billy, wonderful indeed; I do my best...great to see you, thanks for stopping by, always appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Lurana, thank you for being my first, always assuming there will be some more :).... a smile cost us nothing, but it can lighten the heart and make someone's day. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

      My best to you as always.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wouldn't it be wonderful, Jo, if we could spread a contagious wave around the world? I'm with you my dear. Beautiful work.

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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      This is wonderful! The smile info was great and the poetry is just beautiful. You described so many moments where a smile turns everything around...such true-t0-life examples of making a difference with infectious happiness or kindness.

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