Archive for August 31st, 2011
The following post was written by my wonderful husband (if you haven’t noticed my husband gave me a week off from writing) to give a man’s perspective on smiling. We see things very differently sometimes and it’s nice to get that different viewpoint that I read through his writing style. I hope you enjoy and give him some comment love.
Reasons To Smile
The good people over at Skyhorse Publishing sent me a copy of Elizabeth Dutton’s new book “1,033 Reasons To Smile” and it got me thinking about smiling. I cant turn around without seeing my daughter Anneliese smiling, I’m actually pretty sure she even smiles in her sleep. Every time she smiles it brightens up the room, her smiles are so contagious I can’t help but don one every time I see her. So after reading in “1,033 Reasons To Smile” that smiling has been shown to relieve stress, boost the immune system, and even release endorphins I decided I should look into it.
Everyone has heard that smiling is contagious but did you know that a scientific study in Sweden proves it. When our brain sees a smile it automatically sends a signal to smile ourselves. And when you think about it why wouldn’t you want to smile, smiling has been proven to relieve stress and make you more happy. Who couldn’t do with a little less stress in life, especially if this is one of the times your baby is screaming in the other room.
Here are some more facts about Smiling
Babies have the ability to smile at birth
Babies learn most of there behaviors from watching their parents and others around them, but since even blind babies smile scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability.
Smiling is a Natural Drug
Research has shown that smiling releases endorphins, serotonin and natural pain killers. So next time someone is beating you up just smile, they will think you are crazy and leave you alone, plus you will feel better.
Babies have a special smile for loved ones
Babies actually have different smiles and save their special smiles for the ones they love the most.
If you need some more reasons to smile I sugest that you head over to Amazon and get a copy of “1,033 Reasons To Smile” as the title says it has 1,033 more reasons to smile. Some of my favorite are:
When you are running errands, imagine you are in a montage scene from a bad 80’s movie. Ridiculous mental image smile.
You are not currently on stage at a poetry slam. That’s a relief. For you and for the rest of us.
Checking the calendar on Friday and realizing that Monday is a holiday. Sweet relief.
What makes you smile?