Happy Send-a-Smile Day 2016!

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I invite you to join me in doing a little experiment today.

Regardless of how you feel–glum, worried, frustrated, or something else–make it a point to smile at EVERYONE today–especially yourself. Scientists say that the arrangement of your facial muscles in the form of a smile is enough to begin the release of endorphins into your system. You don’t have to actually feel the smile or want to smile ; as long as your muscles have formed a smile on your face, the endorphins will be released.

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Of course if you feel the smile, if your smile grows out of your cheerfulness and feelings of goodwill toward your fellow humans, then a greater amount of endorphins are released.   But just the mere act of putting a smile on your face, whether you want to or not, is enough to press the reset button on your emotions and feelings.

How cool is that?! 🙂

And, I know for myself that if a stranger smiles at me, even if I’m feeling stressed or worried or frustrated, their smile helps take the edge off my emotions just a little bit.

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Copyright 2014 Artisans Workshop Designs

What a wonderful gift a smile can be. And it’s FREE! Free to give and free to receive, although the payoff in helping you and others feel better is priceless!   🙂

So, join me in this little experiment of smiling all day long no matter what you’re feeling or what’s happening or who you’re with. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below how your day went!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren 🙂

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