Did you ever notice what happens when you smile? Well, give it a try. Go ahead. Right now! Now, how do you feel? Yes, I know what you mean. When you are smiling, you feel good. All thoughts of anything bad or negative just go away. And if you keep on smiling, you just can’t feel badly.
“On the upside, it makes me feel good when I smile.“Barbara Jacoby
Now while you are still smiling, think about something that normally makes you very sad or brings you to tears. Hold that smile and you just can’t go to that sad place. I just recently discovered this and I wanted to share it with you. I don’t know how it works but I just know that it does.
Let’s see what happens when you smile at someone else. Some people may look at you a little strangely but if you just keep smiling, you just might see those stern faces crack a little bit. And when you smile at your family and friends and co-workers, you can pretty much get a smile back from each person every time. So what, you might ask? Well, those smiles back and forth and all around create a lot of positive energy. It makes you feel happy and it makes other people feel happy.
So, I decided to do a little experiment. For ten minutes, I made sure to smile at every single person with whom I came into contact. Amazingly, every single person smiled back and some even said hello. I liked this. I was having a lot of fun and I could see the difference that the smiling had made on others. Now I am wondering whether I can make this work in whatever I do.
It might just be a matter of thinking that it will work or it may be that having a smile for everyone will reposition my thoughts from fear to fun. We’ll just have to see if it works. I think that creating an environment that is full of smiles will not only make me happy but it should make a lot of other people happy as well. What is the worse thing that might happen? A few people might think that I am a little crazy but that doesn’t bother me. Other than that, I can’t see anything on the downside.
On the upside, it makes me feel good when I smile. It is a lot of fun for me to do so. It is interesting to watch others’ reactions and it makes me happy to make others happy. Gee, it seems that something that is so simple can have such a great impact on creating happiness and it doesn’t cost a single penny. And the bottom line is that creating happiness what it is all about for me. So I figure that the more we learn about each other, the more success we will have in creating happy lives, not only for ourselves but for every single person with whom we are fortunate to have cross our paths in this life.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.