Peace begins with a smile – Mother Teresa.
Smiling it is the most natural and universal expression in the world. As a baby the first sign of joy and recognition we express is a blissful gummy smile.
People who smile more and report general feelings of happiness, tend to be healthier and live longer lives.
Smiling releases serotonin and dopamine in our bodies, which makes us feel happy and connected to ourselves and others. But it also stimulates the immune system and gives you a radiant attractive glow.
So the question is.. what makes You smile?
😁 Laughter Yoga
This is a brilliantly fun and creative way to get those smiling and laughing muscles loosened up! A free session usually held in the park with a group of people doing a variety of exercises and silly movements to stimulate giggles and gradually building to full-on belly laughs.
Incredibly, it’s not only laughter that changes our body’s chemistry – the mere anticipation of laughing does too.
Laughter yoga is very effective for people with illness or depression, as laughter decreases stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline and dopac) stimulates immune human growth hormone (which helps protect against disease and infection) and releases feel-good beta-endorphin’s which lower feelings of depression and will make you feel happier and reduce pain.
😁 Be Child-like
Joy is not in things, it is in us – Richard Wagner.
Children have a candid way to see the simple things in life and truly be in-the-moment.
Observe the purity of children and their innocent and fun approach to life.
Be child-like ~ loosen up and remember your inner child and your own ability to enjoy the pure joy within you. Make time to play and enjoy the simple things in life.
😊 Focus your mind on the good.
What you focus on… Grows – Esther Hicks.
We are flooded with negative messages, images and news in today’s 21st century. So why don’t you start to consciously look for numerous things that make you smile and feel happy instead.
Join a positive inspiring Facebook Page, subscribe to a motivational magazine, read jokes or enjoy a funny book or movie.
Smiling will spread the goodness to others,
Smile at a stranger, smile more at work, it will lift your mood and warm others to you.
The purpose is to flood your mind with happier topics and images. And as a
Result = your mind will produce happier thoughts and emotions.
😊 Smile Smoother
Smiles keep you youthful and looking radiant and these simple face yoga techniques can reduce fine lines around your mouth, lift and tone cheeks and jaw.
Did you know there are 43 muscles in your face to produce one of your ultimate grinners?
So get smiling for a natural face lift!
First make an ‘O’ with your lips then smile as widely as you can while hiding your teeth. Repeat six times. Next, hold the smile shape and place one index finger on your chin. Then start to move your jaw up and down as you tilt your head back. Relax and repeat twice more.
Do this daily for a more youthful smiley glow.
😊 Relax your body
Just taking time to relax is a good thing. What happens on the inside, radiates on the outside.
A relaxed body and mind will produce naturally genuine and easy smiles and laughter.
It is very difficult to smile if your body is tired and stressed. So go get a massage, have an uplifting facial and relax your body so smiles easily pour out.
😂 Back to shape
Laughter is a stimulating expression of every part of your being. But can we laugh ourselves into shape?
When you belt out a good belly laugh your lowering cortisol levels, which helps to shed belly fat as well, or at least issuing fewer orders to store a protective spare tire around our central organs. Not to mention firing up stomach muscles to get a great work out!
😊 Write a Gratitude list
We create our reality, so you want to focus your heart energy and powerful thoughts on all that is good in yourself and your life.
Gratitude opens up the doorway for positive energy to flood into your life.
Write out a list of all things big and small you are grateful for, qualities you have, people in your life, events and even lessons you’ve learnt.
Writing about everything that you are grateful for will undoubtedly make you smile.
There is always something to smile about.
By Joanna Atanasow