Does seeing other folks smiling make you smile?
Have you been told It takes fewer muscles to smile then frown? Try it. What other folk wisdom is there about smiling? Like a smile goes a long way because it has a mile in it. I bet you know more?
I spent a day at a retreat with the Buddhist teacher Thic Na Han, and his message was Smile. Yes there are all the often complicated meditation practices, which I, for one, often forget. But lifting the corners of my mouth up only slightly is easy and certainly makes me feel better. There are scientific studies that prove that smiling has health befits. Do your own study:
When I worked in nursing homes nursing homes instead of telling folks to Smile! I would ask: “Show me your teeth” about 99% of the time I would get a grin and a laugh. Did it work for you?
Once you get good at the face expanding skill try The Inner Smile. Here’s a link from my friend and chiropractor Dr. Linda Berry on how to dissolve distress and build energy and vitality with The Inner Smile.
Finally how about a joke. Maybe an old knock knock joke. Ok you start it. 😉
Did that put a smile on your face?
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May the force be with you. 😀
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