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.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Have a Smiley Image in Your Home or Workplace?
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
Do You Believe in the Power of a Smile?
JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on July 08, 2020:
Very nice article and very true!!
Ana San Luis from Olongapo City on January 22, 2018:
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.
varshamarathe on July 24, 2014:
Wow..Incredibaly smiley lens..made me smile!!!
GerdaMaria on July 01, 2014:
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 efficiÃ«nt Love-Laugh Lifestyle instructions.
Thanks to All of You!
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
Niktravelfit on June 29, 2014:
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.
Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on April 21, 2014:
I do. I can't count the number of times my day has been brightened by a well-timed smile. Thanks for the reminder! :)
David Stone from New York City on April 21, 2014:
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.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on April 21, 2014:
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!
Tawnya from NE Ohio on April 07, 2014:
I'm not a very smiley person, but June 15th is my daughter's birthday, so I think I can manage that day. :)
Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on April 07, 2014:
I sure do.
Rob Hemphill from Ireland on September 30, 2013:
Sure do! The more, the merrier - ha, ha!
Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on September 16, 2013:
You betcha! A smile is powerful. A smile is as powerful as love.
sunny saib on July 19, 2013:
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..
anonymous on July 14, 2013:
@Heidi Vincent: You Do have a beautiful smile! :)
Michey LM on July 11, 2013:
A smile is powerful as can change moods, conquer adversity and make us stronger...
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on June 19, 2013:
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....
Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on April 21, 2013:
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.
writerkath on March 23, 2013:
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!
poldepc lm on March 14, 2013:
"smile" is the best medicine...
dellgirl on January 26, 2013:
Wow, this is a wonderful lens, I love what you have done here. ~Blessed~
Green-horizon on January 26, 2013:
Your lens brought smile to my face ... LIKED IT.
I always believe that every one loves smiling face. So keep smiling and spread happiness.
JoshK47 on January 25, 2013:
I do - and just as a smile is a blessing, I'll sprinkle some SquidAngel dust around here!
Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on January 09, 2013:
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.
anonymous on December 24, 2012:
Love the Cookie Jar Smile item that would make anyone smile too.
John Dyhouse from UK on November 25, 2012:
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!
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on November 04, 2012:
Yes, smiles are very powerful, and one who realizes that is indeed blessed.
kopox on October 20, 2012:
my smiles is for you :D
justmelucy on October 11, 2012:
Absolutely, I seem to smile most when I'm down and all of a sudden I'm up. Great Lens. :)
Dusty2 LM on October 05, 2012:
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. :-)))
Otto Phillips on September 28, 2012:
Yes i do! A smile can change a persons mood in a heartbeat.
Find-Online on September 28, 2012:
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? :)
anonymous on September 25, 2012:
I agree with you, a simple smile can work magic!
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on September 24, 2012:
Yes, a smile is an amazing thing! Here's one for you! :)
FlynnTheFineFle on September 22, 2012:
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!
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 17, 2012:
Lol...I think so too. One of the nicest things that a person can wear is a smile.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 17, 2012:
@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.
CYOHinc on September 08, 2012:
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.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on August 06, 2012:
@anonymous: There really is a lot of power in a smile.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on August 06, 2012:
@Chocolatealchemy: I am so glad that you stopped by. I love to read the comments - lol - they always make me smile.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on August 06, 2012:
@TedBong: It is funny because smiles actually make us happy.
TedBong on July 31, 2012:
Yes definitely, smiling is good for us and good for others too!
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on July 25, 2012:
@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.
Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on July 25, 2012:
@KimGiancaterino: Smiles really do make a person feel happier.
KimGiancaterino on June 21, 2012:
Absolutely! Thanks for a cheerful lens.
bjslapidary on June 17, 2012:
Nice lens. Had to smile as I read it. Yes, I believe in the power of a smile. Thanks.
Chocolatealchemy from London, United Kingdom on June 17, 2012:
Yes, a smile can change someone's day! Love your lens, thanks
anonymous on June 17, 2012:
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.
lisann-hall on June 16, 2012:
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!
juliet765 on June 16, 2012:
Yes, I believe in smiling, it makes the world a better place.
Satdin on June 15, 2012:
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.
anonymous on May 30, 2012:
Just stopping back to say, may we all be powered by a smiled....what a wonderful world it would be!
Joan Haines on May 28, 2012:
Yes. "Squid Angel blessed."
Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on May 25, 2012:
What a great subject. Smiles are powerful.
jwodatch on May 17, 2012:
Love the Power of a Smile and a Laugh can't ever Hurt!!!
RuralFloridaLiving on May 13, 2012:
What a wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing your smile.
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 12, 2012:
I was smiling as I read this and I do feel better. And I was thinking of my mother who smiles a lot. Thanks
lifeandchocolate on May 10, 2012:
Yes I think a smile does one good! Thanks for sharing this important information!
JGracey on May 07, 2012:
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.
WriterJanis2 on April 25, 2012:
A smile means so much.
Kathryn Wallace from Greenbank, WA, USA on April 17, 2012:
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!
curious0927 on April 07, 2012:
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!
JackNimble on March 17, 2012:
Smiles are the best! I love a happy lens!
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on March 15, 2012:
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 :)
julieannbrady on March 14, 2012:
I absolutely believe in the power of a smile ... see? I'm smiling now!
Scriber1 LM on March 13, 2012:
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. :-)
hntrssthmpsn on March 10, 2012:
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!
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2012:
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! :)
Fay Favored from USA on February 20, 2012:
Happy to leave a smile on this page :)
Ram Ramakrishnan on February 18, 2012:
Any activity can be deemed worthwhile,
If it results in eliciting a pleasing smile.
Your lens made me smile happily. Thank you.
Odille Rault from Gloucester on February 12, 2012:
How wonderful, to see so many smiley faces on one page! Great lens. Blessed. :)
gengonow on February 04, 2012:
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on February 03, 2012:
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
SophiaStar LM on February 01, 2012:
Yes! I believe that smiling is such a wonderful, natural way to feel good and pass on the love:)
awakeningwellness on January 23, 2012:
I am smiling right now just reading this!
reasonablerobby on January 22, 2012:
anything that makes us happy or shows that we are happy has to be good (he said with a smile)
girlfriendfactory on January 21, 2012:
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)
FoundationOfHumanUnderstanding on January 17, 2012:
There should be more smiling
miaponzo on January 14, 2012:
In Islam a smile is a blessing and giving one to someone else gets a reward from God! Blessed!
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on January 06, 2012:
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.
anonymous on December 25, 2011:
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.
ccorrig on December 24, 2011:
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!
kathysart on December 24, 2011:
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.
ColorPetGifts on December 23, 2011:
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 :)
Debbie from England on December 19, 2011:
Blessed by a smiling angel ;)
BeyondRoses on December 18, 2011:
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.
anonymous on December 18, 2011:
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.
crstnblue on December 15, 2011:
Very nice, informative and positive lens!
JoleneBelmain on December 08, 2011:
Thank-you for bringing me a smile on this fine day :)
Let me bring one to you also...
anonymous on December 08, 2011:
A smile can take you a mile! Loved all the smilies! :)
yayas on December 04, 2011:
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.
HERBMASTER on November 28, 2011:
A smile is so powerful. We all need to be reminded! If you ever feel a need to raise your spirits, come on over!
ViJuvenate on November 28, 2011:
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.
Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 22, 2011:
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
anonymous on November 17, 2011:
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.
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on November 17, 2011:
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.
Patricia on November 14, 2011:
This lens makes me happy! I love smileys!
viscri8 on November 02, 2011:
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!
e-xplorations on October 24, 2011:
Wow! You have a great lens here, Ladymermaid. Full of smiles. I am actually delighted with your "smiling" ideas.
Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 22, 2011:
A smile warms the heart both when given and when received. Thank you for this lens.
howards522 on October 19, 2011:
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!