When we get focused on getting some place or doing something, we usually reflect our level of concentration in our face. We project outwardly, with our expression, what is happening on the inside. A grimace, scowl, frown or smile sends a signal to those around us, and as a species we have learned to read them well and react accordingly.

A smile has the power to change, not just how we look on the outside, but how we feel on the inside. Lots of research supports the premise that smiling makes us feel better and helps those around us to feel better too. We are actually born smiling. It’s contagious for sure and smiling has got to be the least expensive form of self-therapy. It unleashes positive chemicals into our system and causes people around us to smile back.

To quote an article in Forbes a few years ago: “Why?” “Because smiling is evolutionarily contagious and we have a subconscious innate drive to smile when we see one. This occurs even among strangers when we have no intention to connect or affiliate with the other person. Mimicking a smile and experiencing it physically helps us interpret how genuine a smile is, so that we can understand the real emotional state of the smiler.”

A smile is the currency of a happier life. So use yours and create more smiles. It’s free and powerful and if you could see me this very second, you’d see I’m smiling right at you. :)

Gary Szenderski, the Author of Szen Zone

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