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The Power of a Smile

Mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 7, I strive daily to achieve an optimum level of health and happiness. Life is all about balance.

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Smiles Are Wonderfully Contagious

You have the power within you to create a smile and there is a lot of power in that expression. Whenever you smile at someone else they are very likely to start smiling too because a smile is infectious. Try it. Tilt up the corner of your lips at someone on the street and the odds are that you will make that person grin back at you

When they smile back then they too will feel a wave of happiness flood throughout their being. For a little while the majority of their physical and emotional aches and pains will miraculously fade away. You have the power within you to change attitudes and to change lives and all you have to do is smile. You smile at someone and they at another person and then that person at someone else, and so the change begins. You have the power to make the world a nicer place to live in and all you have to do is smile.

The Power to Change Countless Lives

Many people do not realize the power of a smile. It can work magic. It can heal emotional pain and it can remove physical pain. There is a wealth of magic within the human chemistry of this act. When you smile at another person you not only let them feel that they are wanted accepted and appreciated but you also give encouragement as well.

When you smile at another person you pass all the wonderful benefits of smiling on to that person. This simple expression has the power to calm fear, insecurity, hurt, and anxiety. It has the power within it to change the world because this simple act of kindness can be easily shared. Smiles are contagious.

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A Wonderful Way to Share a Little Happiness

A smile is one of the most powerful gifts that you can give to another person. That one simple gesture has the ability to lift another into a feeling of intense enjoyment, erase loneliness, and remove physical and emotional pain.

When you share a smile you share happiness. What an amazing gift to give to another. It is a gift that is beyond value yet without value, it is a simple commodity that we can share without selfishness. There is tremendous power in a smile and sharing one can be the nicest thing you do. Because this expression is universal to every land language is never an issue in its gifting. Most people regardless of country or culture understand what an upward tilting of the lips means.

A Little Chemical Message Called an Endorphin is the Cause

Studies show that when you smile something wonderful happens within your body. You feel happier because your brain sends a rush of feel good messages throughout your body. Try it.

Now let's look a little deeper look into why this expression can make you happy. Let's take a little tour into the depths of your physiological structure. Did you know that when you smile you release a chemical message deep within your brain known as an Endorphin? Once released these Endorphins travel down the spine sending feel good messages throughout the rest of your body as they go.

These Endorphins are strong enough to actually have the power to reduce symptoms of physical, or emotional pain as they blanket you in a nice warm fuzzy feeling of well being. They are a chemical of approximately the same strength as another feel good chemical that we know as Morphine (wow huh).

Endorphins have the ability to make you feel happy, and whenever you smile, you release them. So even if you are not happy when you begin to smile you will be after. The more often that you smile the happier you will feel. Smiles have also been proven to be contagious so you have the power to make other people happy and you can do this by simply sharing a smile with them. All you have to do to make someone happy is to smile at them. It's a fact.

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Harvey R. Ball: The Man Who Created the Smiley

The first smiley was created in 1963 by Harvey R. Ball. Mr. Ball was co-owner of a public relations firm and he created the smiley to help improve the morale of workers within a recently merged insurance company.

The original design of a happy smiling face on a black background was to become famous, yet Mr. Ball never applied for a trademark / copyright for his creation. He received a total of $240.00 for the entire smiley campaign.

Since that time the simple image he created has gone on to improve the moods of millions of people throughout the world. The reason his smiley was such a huge success is obvious, a smile just naturally makes you feel more secure, confident, and happy. The concept is simple yet oh so very powerful.

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June 15th is a Power of a Smile Day

Well it turns out that there is more than one day that is set aside as a day to celebrate the power of a smile. June 15 is officially Power Of A Smile Day. All you have to do to celebrate is smile. So get out there and share your smile on this day. It is an expression of happiness and one that is recognized throughout most countries as a universal greeting of friendship.

Are you up to the challenge? All you have to do to make someone happy is to smile at them. So when you see another person pop a grin onto those lips of yours. Make someone's day a little happier. It is a simple fact: Smile at the world and it smiles back. You have the power within you to make the world a happier place so on Power of a Smile Day make the world a more cheerful place by sharing yours with as many people as you are able to. It is a gift that is free to pass along yet keeps on giving as it moves from one individual to another.

© 2009 Lorelei Cohen

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