A Smile

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry,

show life you have a thousand reasons to smile.



Teeth are always in style. 

Dr. Seuss

Don’t you just love a smile you can feel?


Some people wear a perpetual smile & light a room simply by entering it. My friend Jamie is like that.  She practically beams sunshine making you certain that wherever she is must be a happy place to be.


Photo courtesy of Anna Coker



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Makes you just want to return the smile, doesn’t it?


For good reason. Brainiacs in the know say that mirror neurons are the brain cells responsible for helping us recognize the joy in others & making a smile contagious.


Apparently, slapping on a smile carries with it plenty of mental health benefits due to the fact that our physiology actually informs our psychology. In other words, our brains are easily hoodwinked by our bodies.


Thich Nhat Hanh got it right when he said that sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.


Studies claim that people who use Botox are less inclined to anger because they’re unable to make menacing faces. And even an artificially-induced smile can bring about cheerier emotions.


Here’s how it works: Once we feel an emotion & register it on our faces, the signals from our facial expression shoot to our brains & reinforce the emotion. Our brains quickly deduce that since we’re smiling, we must be happy, even if we were previously in the funks & the slumps.


And to boot, this brain boost of happy perpetuates when people flash their pearly whites back at us. This is why when we smile we engender instant positive feelings both in ourselves & others.


It’s no wonder then that a smile is the universal language that carries with it an irresistible energy & demands reciprocity.


So, do the world a favor & smile as you walk by.  Put on a happy face & flash us your


 dimpled smile million-dollar smile mega-watt smile toothpaste-ad worthy smile or toothsome Cheshire cat grin

 "An Amazing Life Story..."

Arnold Palmer

Just the sight of one improves our day.

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