So I know the subject of my post today is quite cliché and mushy, but it's also important. Many of us human beings don't realize it, but smiling is probably one of the most important action our mouth's can do. (Talking is probably the least important--I'll get to the reasons why in another post so I don't get distracted today!). You might be wondering why smiling is so major in our daily lives, and I shall tell you. Let's look at this from another angle--say someone frowns at you, how would you feel? If you a generally normal human being with generally normal human emotions, you would feel quite simply, insulted. However, there are those select few who derive some pleasurable emotion after being frowned at--as for the reasons why, that will remain a mystery to me till the day I die. Anyway, as I way saying, frowning usually brings out negative emotions in a human being, from both the person frowning as well as the person being frowned at. So basically, frowning is plain not nice. So don't do it!
However, compare those negative feelings of frowning and enmity to the bright, warm feeling acquired with the mere action of a smile. Smiling is beneficial to both the person smiling, and the person being smiled to. Not only does smiling have physical benefits (Google it if you want to know more, because I am too lazy to have to Google it myself) but also mental benefits as well. Ok, let me demonstrate--or rather, YOU demonstrate. Just stop reading this for just a second, and smile at someone (including at yourself in a mirror if there is nobody else to smile at, and please don't be too obvious about it). Ok, did it? If you didn't, you can still continue reading, but you're not going to fully comprehend what I'm saying unless you try my smiling experiment. It's really not that difficult, so just go ahead and smile already! Ok, if you STILL didn't smile, I have, as of now, fully given up on you, so you might as well continue reading--but just know that you have lost my faith in you for listening to my very important orders (I'm kidding, don't get offended).
Anyway, for those of you who did take the opportunity to smile, did you feel different at all? Not in a completely drastic way, but in a quiet, pleasant sort of way--a very small, but important, positive change in your mood perhaps. Smiling is, in short, a very easy way of conveying positive emotions from one individual to another. Spreading positive feelings with each other will make all of us feel lighter, and just generally happier. And if we are all happier in our life, ourselves as well all the people around us will improve in all sorts of incredible ways.
So as you can see from my extensive rant about why not to frown and why to smile that smiling IS important--in everything that we do! Now I'm going to ask you guys another favor, so hang tight. I want each one of you reading this today to make the pledge to smile to someone in your life, be it your friends, your family, or just a random stranger. And when I say "smile", I mean a full, genuine smile that comes from the very depth of your heart. Try to smile to someone at least once a day, and I promise you, you will improve both your own life and the lives of the people around you. It's such a small action, but really, it makes all the difference.