Today is day 10 of the 31 day blogging challenge. It has been a fun challenge to do. If you want to read the previous posts, click here. The prompt for today is my best physical feature. This one I had to really think about.
The answer is my smile. I love smiling and go out of my way to do it often. Smiling is an amazing thing because it is beneficial to us. It boosts and improves the immune system. Smiling is relaxing and it is a sign we are happy.
When we smile, the brain releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. These chemicals in our brains help to calm the nervous system by lowering heart rates and blood pressure.
The best part of this is sharing a smile can brighten someone else’s day because we are passing on a positive energy when we smile at someone. I don’t know about you, but I think that is absolutely wonderful.
A simple smile, which takes no real effort can make both our day and someone else’s day better. That is the best part, in my opinion.
Smiles helps us to stay positive. Try something… Smile. Try to think of something negative and not lose the smile. It is difficult. I love being positive, and smiling is a great way to do that with such little effort.
Smiling enhances confidence and makes people react differently to us. Confidence and positive energy are huge, especially when working. Think about that the next time you walk into a business meeting or even just meeting someone for the first time. If you are in sales, you know exactly what confidence and positive energy mean.
As I sit here and write this, I’m smiling and laughing. Nathan asked Tigger, “what is a cat?” Tigger said meow and my response was, “that. That is a cat.” Nathan asked Tigger if he wears a hat. Tigger answered with meow. Which means yes. He does this thing where we ask him yes or no questions and if he meows, it means yes. Silence means no. I swear he really does understand us because he answers accordingly. I asked if Tigger being the Cat in the Hat makes Nathan and I Thing One and Thing Two. Tigger answers with yes by meowing. This was hilarious!
That small exchange made me laugh and I found it really relaxed me. I’ve been working hard at writing and finishing up blog posts that are in progress because I am having my tattoo sleeve finished Friday. That means typing will be difficult, and the more I have ready, the happier I will be. Just that simple exchange with Nathan and Tigger was plenty to settle me and give me the ability to refocus and get back to work.
Think about that. Just a simple and somewhat insignificant exchange was enough to get me back on track to working hard to bring you, my readers, this blog post. Imagine what would happen if we all started doing that on purpose!
I make it a point to brighten someone’s day wherever I go. A simple smile, or even addressing someone by name in a store. I was in the grocery store with Nathan yesterday and we couldn’t find graham crackers. We decided they were either on the snack or baking aisle. Saw an employee restocking nearby. I just said, “hey, Kenny! Where are the graham crackers located?” He gave me really specific directions, actually. Smiling as I’m walking down the aisle, I addressed him by name again and said thank you.
That simple smile and calling him by name is one of those positive things nobody expects in situations like that. Try it sometime. After checking out at the grocery store, when the cashier hands you the receipt and says have a good day. Respond with a smile, thanks, and their name. See what a positive impact it has. I feel good about it, and typically they do too.
Smiling is also contagious, much like yawning. Although I like smiling far better than yawning. How cool is that?! By simply exercising a few muscles in our face, we impact others and they smile too?
That is why I feel like my smile is my best feature. I can use it to relax myself, be more positive, and brighten my own day. Then turn around and do the exact same thing for someone else and hopefully make their day a little brighter.
The best about smiles are that they are totally free! It is completely free to exchange a smile with someone and brighten both their day and our own. That is my favorite part. It costs absolutely nothing and is so simple to do.
Smiles are the best.