The Power of a Smile

Updated on December 2, 2018
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Mother of two girls & grandmother to 6 my life is blessed with a wealth of giggles and hugs. Writing is my work my hobby and my play.

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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 all their physical and emotional aches and pains will miraculously go 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 the change begins. You have the power to make the world a much 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.

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.

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

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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 every individual understands what an upward tilting of the lips means.

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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. Your brain sends a rush of feel good messages throughout your body.

So let's look a little deeper 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, and they will blanket you with 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. Then 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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Get Outside. Go For a Walk. Feel the Sunshine on Your Face

Kids playing in a tree.
Kids playing in a tree.

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. Are you up to the challenge?

All you have to do to celebrate is to smile. So get out there and share your smile on this day. It is an expression of happiness, one that is recognized throughout most countries as a universal greeting of friendship.

So when you see another person share a smile with them. Make someone else's day a little happier. All you have to do to make someone happy is to smile at them.

It is a simple fact: Smile at the world and it smiles back you. You have the power within you to make the world a happier place. On Power of a Smile Day make the world a more cheerful place by sharing your smiles 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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2009 Lorelei Cohen

    Do You Believe in the Power of a Smile?

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      • Ana San Luis profile image

        Ana San Luis 

        13 months ago from Olongapo City

        Yes, I believe smile has the power. It magnets other people to smile back. It conveys a positive outlook on life no matter what situation they have.

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        varshamarathe 

        4 years ago

        Wow..Incredibaly smiley lens..made me smile!!!

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        GerdaMaria 

        4 years ago

        Smile & Breath and You shall Love!

        Love & Breath and You shall Smile!

        Smile, Breath & Love and You shall experience Miracles of any kind!

        For All of You...

        Live a long and Happy Life with this simple but efficiënt Love-Laugh Lifestyle instructions.

        Thanks to All of You!

        Yes,

        also Thanks tot the sad or serious looking non-Smilers because they make it possible that we Smilers can show and experience the liberating effects of Smile, Breath & Love moves ;-) ;-)

        xxx xxx xxx

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        Niktravelfit 

        4 years ago

        Knowing that your body can also influence your mind, not just the other way around, I use smiling to up my mood. Always works! Just force a smile and within seconds, the smile feels natural and you start feeling better.

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        Monica Lobenstein 

        4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

        I do. I can't count the number of times my day has been brightened by a well-timed smile. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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        David Stone 

        4 years ago from New York City

        Sure, it's pretty well established. Long ago, I noticed that the most successful people smile a lot.

        Another factor is that any smile not made reverses itself and swells your body.

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

        4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Absolutely! A smile has gotten me to a lot of places I might not have been able to attain without it. I find that when I'm out among strangers and I smile, I receive smiles back, and as you said, it makes us both feel good, and then it's passed on. Truly, a smile is a powerful thing!

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        Tawnya 

        4 years ago from NE Ohio

        I'm not a very smiley person, but June 15th is my daughter's birthday, so I think I can manage that day. :)

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        Shinichi Mine 

        4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

        I sure do.

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        Rob Hemphill 

        5 years ago from Ireland

        Sure do! The more, the merrier - ha, ha!

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        Tricia Deed 

        5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

        You betcha! A smile is powerful. A smile is as powerful as love.

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        sunny saib 

        5 years ago

        Another beautiful lens by you :)

        I have a Finnish Spitz named Brownie and he smiles like that guy on this lens ^. :P ;)

        Also, I wanted to thank you for suggesting 'Let Them Be Little' by Billie Dean for my lens. Sorry for incorporating/commenting after so many months, I've been lost here, there and everywhere.

        Keep reading, and do keep writing..

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        Michey LM 

        5 years ago

        A smile is powerful as can change moods, conquer adversity and make us stronger...

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        @Heidi Vincent: You Do have a beautiful smile! :)

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        Anthony Altorenna 

        5 years ago from Connecticut

        The Power of a Smile can really go a long way. I try to smile as often as possible, even when things aren't going my way....

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        Heidi Vincent 

        5 years ago from GRENADA

        I do believe in the power of a smile. In fact, quite strangely no matter where I have travelled people always comment that I have a lovely smile and that I should smile more. I am still working on that.

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        writerkath 

        5 years ago

        I love smiling at others! It's so easy to do, and definitely brightens the world around us. A great teacher named Paramahansa Yogananda described it in a way that really stuck in my mind: "Be a smile Billionaire!" What a great concept!

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        poldepc lm 

        5 years ago

        "smile" is the best medicine...

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        dellgirl 

        6 years ago

        Wow, this is a wonderful lens, I love what you have done here. ~Blessed~

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        Green-horizon 

        6 years ago

        Your lens brought smile to my face ... LIKED IT.

        I always believe that every one loves smiling face. So keep smiling and spread happiness.

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        JoshK47 

        6 years ago

        I do - and just as a smile is a blessing, I'll sprinkle some SquidAngel dust around here!

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        Titia Geertman 

        6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        Ha, this article was just what I needed for my first official task as a Squid Angel. It really made my smile. Finally I can pay back all the blessings you and others have given me the past year. So...you'll get my first blessing Lady and keep on making the world smile.

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Love the Cookie Jar Smile item that would make anyone smile too.

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        John Dyhouse 

        6 years ago from UK

        I have worked in a ccustomer service environment and a smile works wonders with most people. PLUS if you smile then you will begin to feel like you look, smiling does make you happy!

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        CruiseReady 

        6 years ago from East Central Florida

        Yes, smiles are very powerful, and one who realizes that is indeed blessed.

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        kopox 

        6 years ago

        my smiles is for you :D

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        justmelucy 

        6 years ago

        Absolutely, I seem to smile most when I'm down and all of a sudden I'm up. Great Lens. :)

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        Dusty2 LM 

        6 years ago

        Positively! Let's see; I think today, Friday - Oct 05th, is Smile Day according to your lens here. Therefore, here is a big smile. :-)))

        Anyway, I appreciate you stopping by my Waffle Cone lens and giving it a blessing. Thank You! One more Big Smile. :-)))

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        Otto Phillips 

        6 years ago

        Yes i do! A smile can change a persons mood in a heartbeat.

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        Find-Online 

        6 years ago

        Smiles are a good thing, that is for sure. You have put together a great Squidoo lens here. Did that put a smile on your face? :)

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        I agree with you, a simple smile can work magic!

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        Faye Rutledge 

        6 years ago from Concord VA

        Yes, a smile is an amazing thing! Here's one for you! :)

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        FlynnTheFineFle 

        6 years ago

        It's a strange science, but yes, smiling works to cheer yourself and those around you. It feels good to just enjoy life that way. I have to admit, though, despite enjoying smiling, I don't really like smiley faces. I'm a much bigger fan of the real thing. Anyway, thanks for the thoughts!

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

        Lol...I think so too. One of the nicest things that a person can wear is a smile.

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

        @CYOHinc: Smiles truly are contagious. There really aren't too many things more powerful than a smile. Even when life is at it's worst a smile can make it all seem okay.

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        CYOHinc 

        6 years ago

        I know someone that has a true and genuine infectious smile. I could be in the worst mood and if they are smiling, I can't help but smile. It is very powerful.

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

        @anonymous: There really is a lot of power in a smile.

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

        @Chocolatealchemy: I am so glad that you stopped by. I love to read the comments - lol - they always make me smile.

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

        @TedBong: It is funny because smiles actually make us happy.

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        TedBong 

        6 years ago

        Yes definitely, smiling is good for us and good for others too!

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

        @bjslapidary: Years ago I worked at a call center and the supervisors would stick little smiley stickers on our computers to remind us to smile. Even though our clients could not see us smile they said that our smile would show in our voice.

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

        @KimGiancaterino: Smiles really do make a person feel happier.

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        KimGiancaterino 

        6 years ago

        Absolutely! Thanks for a cheerful lens.

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        bjslapidary 

        6 years ago

        Nice lens. Had to smile as I read it. Yes, I believe in the power of a smile. Thanks.

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        Chocolatealchemy 

        6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

        Yes, a smile can change someone's day! Love your lens, thanks

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Sure I am a believer in the power of smile. It is indeed contagious and when you smile you glow with happiness, and you pass this happiness and joy to the person you smile. The more you smile the younger you will feel. It is a fact.

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        lisann-hall 

        6 years ago

        I completely believe in the power of a smile! I have seen it work. In the medical field so many are in pain or just grumpy from not feeling well. I have seen people's attitude change just from getting a big toothy grin!

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        juliet765 

        6 years ago

        Yes, I believe in smiling, it makes the world a better place.

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        Satdin 

        6 years ago

        Smiling is also a treatment to keep away some diseases like blood pressure and blood sugar. It keeps our nerves tension-less and reduce chemical changes minimal position. Smile also solve many of our problems easily.

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Just stopping back to say, may we all be powered by a smiled....what a wonderful world it would be!

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        Joan Haines 

        6 years ago

        Yes. "Squid Angel blessed."

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        Beverly Rodriguez 

        6 years ago from Albany New York

        What a great subject. Smiles are powerful.

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        jwodatch 

        6 years ago

        Love the Power of a Smile and a Laugh can't ever Hurt!!!

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        RuralFloridaLiving 

        6 years ago

        What a wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing your smile.

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        Stephanie Tietjen 

        6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

        I was smiling as I read this and I do feel better. And I was thinking of my mother who smiles a lot. Thanks

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        lifeandchocolate 

        6 years ago

        Yes I think a smile does one good! Thanks for sharing this important information!

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        JGracey 

        6 years ago

        Yep, smiling is infectious too! ahhhh, your lens made me smile this morning :)

        I never knew there was a Word Smile Day or Power of a Smile day - you learn something new every day at Squidoo.

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        WriterJanis2 

        6 years ago

        A smile means so much.

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        Kathryn Wallace 

        6 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

        I believe! I just wrote about endorphins in my lens, Simple Healthy Lifestyle. Because yes! it can be that simple! Great lens, it made me smile haha!

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        curious0927 

        6 years ago

        One smile is powerful, many smiles are just plain good for everyone involved! Great Lens. Bookmarked for return visit and Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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        JackNimble 

        6 years ago

        Smiles are the best! I love a happy lens!

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        Anthony Altorenna 

        6 years ago from Connecticut

        It's surprising how many stern faces are out there, looking away to avoid any eye contact, especially when it is so easy to give a little friendly smile and brighten everyone's day -- including your own!

        From the looks of my avatar, I need to take my own advice and smile more :)

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        julieannbrady 

        6 years ago

        I absolutely believe in the power of a smile ... see? I'm smiling now!

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        Scriber1 LM 

        6 years ago

        This is a great reminder to smile as well as a wonderful celebration of smiling. Thanks for putting this out in the world. We could all use more smiles. :-)

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        hntrssthmpsn 

        6 years ago

        Your lens made me smile, and then the comments here made me smile all over again. Yay to all these happy, friendly smiles, and to you for making such a lovely thing happen!

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        Anthony Godinho 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        The power of the smile is definitely amazing and something to write about. So I'm glad you created this smiley lens :) Keep smiling and stay blessed! :)

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        Fay Favored 

        7 years ago from USA

        Happy to leave a smile on this page :)

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        Ram Ramakrishnan 

        7 years ago

        Any activity can be deemed worthwhile,

        If it results in eliciting a pleasing smile.

        Your lens made me smile happily. Thank you.

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        Odille Rault 

        7 years ago from Gloucester

        How wonderful, to see so many smiley faces on one page! Great lens. Blessed. :)

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        gengonow 

        7 years ago

        Smiling:)

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        Elsie Hagley 

        7 years ago from New Zealand

        Yes, I believe in the power of a smile, as you said it's free. Just reading this lens makes me smile. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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        SophiaStar LM 

        7 years ago

        Yes! I believe that smiling is such a wonderful, natural way to feel good and pass on the love:)

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        awakeningwellness 

        7 years ago

        I am smiling right now just reading this!

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        reasonablerobby 

        7 years ago

        anything that makes us happy or shows that we are happy has to be good (he said with a smile)

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        girlfriendfactory 

        7 years ago

        I've had a lens set aside for about a month on this very subject, but you've covered it so well that I think I will just give yours a Flyby Winging, smile and think of something else I like that needs to be added to Squidoo's wonderful database of topics! Great job on a wonderful topic! :) ~Ren (See all the Wingings at http://www.squidoo.com/have-wings-will-bless)

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        FoundationOfHumanUnderstanding 

        7 years ago

        There should be more smiling

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        miaponzo 

        7 years ago

        In Islam a smile is a blessing and giving one to someone else gets a reward from God! Blessed!

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        Kathryn Grace 

        7 years ago from San Francisco

        Absolutely. Just the other day I was sitting on the bus with my three-year-old granddaughter. We had had a lovely pre-holiday outing and were both full, happy and tired. She curled up next to me and fell asleep. I closed my eyes a moment, smiling with the comfort and quiet joy of our time together. When I opened them a moment later, the fellow directly across from me had the sweetest smile on his face. I looked around, and others were smiling too. Happiness is infectious.

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I believe a happy smile and a cheerful hello can make every thing better. A smile is a very powerful tool. Thank you for sharing.

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        ccorrig 

        7 years ago

        Great lens! I don't always smile, but when I do, I notice how much better the people around me act. When I think of it, I try to make a conscious effort to smile if I'm not already.

        BTW: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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        kathysart 

        7 years ago

        Ohhh YES! It is hard to be in a bad mood when you make yourself smile despite any circumstance. BEAUTIFUL lens... thumbs up and angel blessed.

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        ColorPetGifts 

        7 years ago

        I have been here before and I return now and then to improve my smile :) I also posted a link to it in Squidu forums, I think this lens can help a lot of people learn a very simple method of feeling better. Many thanks and lots of smiles :)

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        Debbie 

        7 years ago from England

        Blessed by a smiling angel ;)

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        BeyondRoses 

        7 years ago

        Came by again, as I sure need the power of some smiles today. Love the smiles, and the history of the smiley face. Delightful photos! Wish you much peace, and happiness.

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Hi thanks for your blessing, sorry for the late response, i read your lense with a big smile on my face,and every word is true.

        Regards

        Ray

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        crstnblue 

        7 years ago

        Very nice, informative and positive lens!

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        JoleneBelmain 

        7 years ago

        Thank-you for bringing me a smile on this fine day :)

        Let me bring one to you also...

        ~BLESSED~

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        A smile can take you a mile! Loved all the smilies! :)

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        yayas 

        7 years ago

        Alla' my kiddies were smiling when they were born. The doctor was so shocked by this unusual occurrence that he burst out laughing right after he lifted the last one up. I had the same doctor an' C-sections for all of 'em an' the last one was facing up with a smile on his face. It did my heart good to feel that my intentional smile each morning before I opened my eyes may have contributed to giving birth to happy babies.

        Thank you so much for your visits to my Unicorn Gifts and Collectibles page an' my Scavenger Hunt in My Grandmother's Attic page. Your comments an' Squid Likes, as well as your Angel Blessing, are very much appreciated.

        I was so sorry to hear that you missed out on having your own gramma' an' grampa' experiences because your parents were both orphaned as children. On the other hand, what a lovely thing it must have been for you to bring your parents the kinda' joy that grandies can bring to a family. Your parents must surely have appreciated the beautiful encounters that were suddenly a new an' rich part 'uh their lives. I'm so happy for all of you.

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        HERBMASTER 

        7 years ago

        A smile is so powerful. We all need to be reminded! If you ever feel a need to raise your spirits, come on over!

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        ViJuvenate 

        7 years ago

        I do. I remember when I was young reading about things you do to make people feel comfortable and liked. Being a natural introvert and slightly lacking in social skills, none of these came easily. However, I chose to try to implement them in my interaction with people, so that they would be blessed by my presence rather than not having any effect on people whatsoever. It really does make a difference for others, and a smile is so important. When you give a smile to someone it is a gift.

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        Lisa Auch 

        7 years ago from Scotland

        Absoloutley, a smile is indeed very powerful. I remember when I workedwith children who had anger issue and used the phrase of ittakes more muscles to frown than it does to smile! It was great fun turning those frowns into smiles! Blessed by a passing Angel

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        How many times we undermine the power of smile, it is so simple and easy to make a person happy just with a smile. And it costs nothing, a wonderful page on power of a smile.

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        CruiseReady 

        7 years ago from East Central Florida

        Yes, I believe a smile is powerful, but all too often, I just forget. This lens is a really nice reminder, and well done, too.

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        Patricia 

        7 years ago

        This lens makes me happy! I love smileys!

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        viscri8 

        7 years ago

        Blessed by a smiling Angel that is impressed by the smile of the gentleman that appears sometimes in the pics of this lensmaster. The power of smile works wonders, true! Keep smiling!

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        e-xplorations 

        7 years ago

        Wow! You have a great lens here, Ladymermaid. Full of smiles. I am actually delighted with your "smiling" ideas.

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        Jim Sterling 

        7 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

        A smile warms the heart both when given and when received. Thank you for this lens.

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        howards522 

        7 years ago

        LOVE YOUR LENS! I am on a mission to spread smiles! I have a page called make someone smile today which gives ideas on how to make a stranger smile!

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        Bercton1 

        7 years ago

        smiling cost nothing but it's one of the most precious gift you can share with some one! brilliant lens. Thanks for sharing!

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