Smile is a way of expressing your positive vibes, appreciation towards something, a pleased and happy facial expression. We represent our happiness through smiles. When our brain feels happy, endorphins are produced and neuronal signals are transmitted to your facial muscles to trigger a smile. But, it has been really long that I have seen someone smiling heartily. I tend to smile less than before. When was the last time that you smiled like an idiot?
In the world full of rush and robots, we forget to take a step back and smile at our achievement. When we were children, everything around us would make us smile at even the silliest thing. As we grew older, the only lines that are visible are wrinkles, not the smiles. Our sense of humour and jokes has turned into memes. In the world of humour it’s now the phone, not the pen, that’s mightier than the sword.
I agree that it’s not only the smile that has changed amongst us, the way we used to live, the way we used to interact, the way we used to spend time with each other, it has all changed via many twists and turns. But, as life gets harder we need to make it easier by carrying our smiles. Here, we do not focus on the fake ones, but the real ones that emerge from your hearts.
But as we have heard, ‘Fake it , till you make it’. So faking a smile can also improve your mental health, it can legitimately reduce your stress, anxiety and lower your heart rate. It plays a major role in healing up your heart from any tragedy.
Nowadays, many exercises and therapies include the smile as a fundamental part of it, but sometimes we tend to forget it’s importance. Everyone tends to photoshop their picture before aligning it on any social media, but you can’t fix your smile that way. It is true that we are doomed by our works, and our lives, that we forget to smile. There is communication, without a smile. There is interaction, without a smile.
Ever heard someone tell you to cheer up and smile? This is not the most welcomed advice, especially, when you are facing a crisis, when you are losing your confidence, when you are tired of your failure, when you are irritated or just plain down in the dumps. But there is actually good reason to turn that frown upside down, corny as it sounds.
Science has proved that smiling can lift your mood, lower your stress and boost your energy and possibly even prolong your life. This might seem like a backward idea, happiness is what makes us smile; how is this possible? The answer to this question is that smiling can trick your brain into believing you are happy which can then spur actual feelings of happiness.
A smile is also something that is easy to pass-on, just like yawning. Smiling is contagious. Smiling is contagious not just because of how a smile looks from the outside, but also because of the intention and the feeling that is put behind the smile. When someone smiles at you, you feel the good vibes from them, which makes you want to pass a smile on the next person, and so on. We should make a conscious effort not to take smiles from our loved ones for granted and to keep in mind that across the globe a smile can mean so much more than just a facial movement.
Why did we stop smiling? Why did adulting become this hard? Why are we forcing ourselves to act mature? Why can’t we still smile at the silliest things? Why do we need reasons to smile? Even if we need, there are different small reasons that want us to smile at them. The reason that you have achieved your life, the reason that you are surviving, the reason that you are blessed with family, you are the one having a roof over your heads, you are the one having great friends. So let’s not waste our time just by reminiscing the times where we used to smile, rather than just taking stress. I hope after reading this, you did smile at yourself.