The Astonishing Power of Smiling
Recently, I watched a presentation on the hidden power of smiling. In it Ron Gutman, the Founder of Healthtap, a research group focused on ways to increase health engagement and well-being of people and patients, presented findings that suggest that smiling, just smiling does amazing things.
Gutman, cited research which found that smiling is related to life span, happiness, well-being and even length of marriage. I don’t know how spurious these findings may be---and yes I was smiling when I wrote the word spurious, but last week, I put this smiling thing to a test.
Now, you should know that I smile big on a regular basis and in some circles I’m even known for my big toothy smile.
A stranger once told me that he believed that God lived in my smile and I believed that God lived in that stranger.
Anyway, I was telling you about my smiling experiment. I thought it would come naturally, since I already smile more than average, but when I deliberately smiled, I soon realized that I could smile even more; much, much more.
At first I smiled at all children, and then at anything beautiful. Then I took it up a notch and smiled whenever I was frustrated or stressed. I smiled at negative thoughts and then whenever someone was frowning.
This is what I found:
With a smile on my face I could change my own mind and attitude.
With a smile on my face I could change the face of another.
With a smile on my face I could remind a child that this was their more natural way of being.
With a smile on my face, I could not judge another.
With a smile on my face I am much happier.
Don’t just take my word for it; try it yourself.
Watch the video I told you about and share it with someone else.
Then smile and share that too.
Be you, be well, be smiling.
Bertice Berry, PhD.