You’ve probably heard that it takes “X” muscles to frown but “X minus Y” muscles to smile right? Well, through the years, there have been many guesses (link to Snopes.com) as to how many it actually takes but the general consensus is smiling requires less AND it’s much better for you anyway.
Exercise: 1) Smile…………… 2) Now frown………… Doesn’t frowning SEEM like it takes so much more effort?
So, smile! I guess that’s why those who are always smiling look younger – like me 😉
How I Saved a Life With a Smile
I know how much of a difference a little smile can make and I know how good it feels when a complete stranger smiles back in gratitude. It usually leaves me grinning for a long while after – and then my grins get bigger and turn into cheeses and then I literally sometimes just burst out in full blown laughter LOL.
So I like to tell this brief story which still gets me teary eyed to this day. One day I was walking down the street minding my own business when a woman came into view, walking towards me. I thought nothing of her really as I’m sure my mind was on something else but, still, I simply smiled at her like I normally do when in passing.
Next thing I knew, she stopped me and said “Thank You. I needed that.” She looked like she had been crying or deeply on edge about something. I responded, “You’re welcome and have a great day!“
Now, I have no idea what this woman was going through and it’s not my business. Nevertheless, I give the Universe thanks all the time for being the giver of a simple smile that day as I’ll never know how that smile really changed her world. (teary eyed – told ya! LOL)
So though I don’t literally know if I “saved” a life, I like to believe that I saved that woman from a few more moments of agony, pain, and sadness if I hadn’t walked by and that’s real!
Some of My Favorite Quotes About Smiles
Everyone smiles in the same language. ~Author Unknown
Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it. ~Author Unknown
Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
Take the Pledge!
No matter how upset you are, remember that it could be worse. So smile at someone else today! Make their day just a bit more friendly and maybe they’ll pass it on. Who knows what kind of a chain you could start just by moving a couple of facial muscles!!
Have you smiled at someone today (even if it’s at yourself!)? You never know whose life you might impact positively just by smiling!