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​​​The Power of a SMILE

March 7th, 2018

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." (Psychologytoday.com)


They say that a smile is worth a thousand words- I can believe that ! Have you ever walked by someone and shared no words with that person, but then they smile at you and instantly you’re prompted to smile back? Their smile signaled the reactive cells in your brain and instantly a feeling of euphoria occurred. It is a contagious act. I recall times where people were looking in my direction and when I saw them smile, I instantly smiled back- only to realize they weren’t actually smiling at me, they were smiling at the person behind me. These humorous moments just confirm that smiles are contagious. Not only are they contagious, but they also have the ability to make changes in your environment. A smile has the power to adjust your attitude, change your overall perception of life, and even improve your health and lengthen your lifespan.


Yep! That’s right!


According to a popular website source (PsychologyToday.com), smiling activates the release of neuropeptides in the brain that work towards fighting off stress. The body then releases 3 neurotransmitters responsible for happiness that not only causes instant relaxation, but is known to lower your blood pressure and heart rate. One of the neurotransmitters, specifically, acts as the body’s natural healing source. What that means is that smiling more can actually induce pain relief and healing- even to the brain. Some medical scientists believe that smiling more can actually be the remedy to anxiety and depression. Those same endorphins that act as a pain reliever can also be an antidepressant and mood stabilizer. Wow!


So whenever you are walking by someone, don’t be afraid to share a smile. You never know whose life you will change. Smile more. Not only are you helping to brighten your own life, but you are brightening the lives of everyone around you.



“There is always a reason to smile; Find it, and when you got it, never let it go”

-J.D. Merrill-

Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker