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What is a smile?  Smiles are one of the most recognized emotions that we exhibit.   According to Merriam-Webster a smile is defined as such: to make a smile: to make the corners of your mouth turn up in an expression that shows happiness, amusement, pleasure, affection, etc.

A smile is just that, it’s a sign of happiness, it’s a powerful form of affection and smiles also have a list of benefits…

Did you know that you may actually be able to improve your mood by simply smiling?  Try it, you might be surprised.

Did you know it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown? Smiles have also proven to be contagious. (hmm, have you ever caught yourself smiling after you saw someone smiling?)

Smiles may actually relieve stress. It’s true, when you smile your body suddenly releases endorphins, this in turn makes you feel better and releases stress.

There are many quotes on smiling. However this particular quote continues to be widely viewed and we find fitting for this blog

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do”– Mother Teresa

So when you’re going through your day, take a second to make it a point to smile to at least one person.  You may be surprised at what a simple act of kindness in that smile may do for “you” as well as that individual.

To schedule an appointment with Ben Novell, LMFT, Janelle Novell, LMFT, RPT-S or any of our therapists, please call 951-252-9911.
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