If you need a reason to smile

Smile and the world smiles with you.
In traditional Chinese medicine, one diagnostic tool is to assess a person's well being is to check the corners of a person's mouth.   Next time you're feeling radiantly healthy (and may that be every day!), notice how light the corners of your mouth feel and how naturally they turn up.
Many years ago, a friend met Thich Nhat Hanh and shared a smiling practice he'd given.  I can't remember the specifics but, in essence, the practice was to inhale while smiling a number of times in a row, to notice the beneficial effects and how easy it is to start such a practice. Try it once a day. See if you notice a difference.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.     —Thich Nhat Hanh
Good Reasons to Smile
  • Smiling is better for your face than frowning
  • Smiling makes us feel better by releasing endorphins
  • Fake a smile if you're unhappy.  It will make you feel better
  • You're more attractive when you smile
  • Babies prefer a smiling fac
Check out the Spontaneous Smile Project.  You may start to spot smiles everywhere!

Watch the original context of Charlie Chaplin's song Smile.

Click here to listen to Nat King Cole sing the words added in 1954 by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.

And, if you're in for a good, long listen, click here for the Beach Boys entire original Smile album. (If you must, click ahead to 43:55 for a super charged smile.)

You don't have to run around with a fake grin spreading from ear to ear, just turn up the corners of your mouth!

Still not smiling?

Watch the final scene of Lindsay Anderson's O Lucky Man
(one of the great films of all time.)

Let a smile be your umbrella.

1 comment:

joshemari said...

Suzanne, preciosa esa pintura del gato, pero el gato no sonríe. Solo sonrío yo, cuando lo veo. Tengo una gata en casa.
Tienes toda la razón con lo de la sonrisa... y hay que hacer tan poco esfuerzo...! Acostumbro a sonreír casi siempre y mi mujer, dice que está conmigo porque la hago sonreír.
Un beso.