I believe i’ve always been a smiley person, I think because my mum has always got a great big smile on her face, its rubbed off on me and for that I’m grateful. There are so many things that are good for our health and well-being, the food we eat, the physical exercise we do but what about the little things that are so easily missed yet can have quite the positive effect on our mental state which so often has an effect on our physical state.
I believe that smiling is an action we should practice more. Not just to other people but to ourselves. I often just sit there and smile to myself, hell, I even smile at myself if I happen to pass by a mirror, not always but sometimes. In a world where more and more people look miserable or are too busy caught up in their fast pace life and often to preoccupied to acknowledge others, I think it’s comforting to see someone smiling back at me, even if its just myself. I know this may sound egotistical or vain but that’s sincerely not the angle i’m coming from.
I feel that by training ourselves to smile more, it helps us to feel more positive and more upbeat. At least that’s the benifits I’ve felt from this practice. Other benefits i’ve had from encouraging myself to smile more, is considerably less tension in my jaw. See, if you are like me, then when you get stressed or wound up about something you might subconsciously tense your jaw a lot. Or like me, you may even grind your teeth when you sleep, which can also lead to a tense jaw. When you’re feeling that ache, try to smile and feel the instant release of tension and your whole face soften, its a beautiful and relaxing sensation and I urge you to try it.
Becoming more conscious of smiling not only benefits you but it has the potential to extend to others. Such as your kids, your partner, friends and family and even strangers. When your children see you smiling and happy it helps them to be happy. Then there is the simple act to smile at a stranger, even if they don’t smile back or choose to acknowledge the smile you kindly gave them. It doesn’t matter because you may never know the after effect it may have had on them. I know from my perspective, though it may not happen often but when someone does send a smile my way, it lifts my mood. Its like when someone holds the door open for you or gives you their carpark ticket so you don’t have to buy one, it’s kindness from one stranger to another with nothing to gain, no hidden agenda. But the ripple effect can be massive.
Think about when someone yells at you or is rude to you, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and it can then rub off on your mood and before you know it, you’re walking around feeling agitated. This will then likely pass on to the next person you interact with and then the next person and so on. Well, I believe that smiling can have a ripple effect too but just the reverse. Instead of a negative ripple effect, you can start one of happiness and for me I’d rather be or at least try and be a part of that positive movement. It’s much more uplifting and gratifying to ones soul.
This is not a post to make you feel like you should smile all the time because we have to live our life truthfully and sometimes a smile can seem too difficult when we’re feeling low. My star sign is a cancer and our mood swings are off the chart. This post is simply a reminder to myself as much as it is to anyone else reading this. As a light worker, I feel its part of my spiritual duty to share this on my blog and so I am. We can all afford to spread a little light in a world that is full of love, light and hope even if it may not feel like it at times and a simple yet effective action such as smiling whether its to yourself or to others does carry magic even if we can’t see it. Never underestimate the power of a smile.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.
Love and smiles from me,