The Power of Your S.M.I.L.E
This morning I was going through my daily visualization and practice and one of the instructions in my guided visualization tape was to smile. As I kept the smile on my face I immediately noticed that the way I felt started to change. Then I started to remember something I heard in Personal Power II about the connection between physiology and emotion. Physiology and emotion have to match. It is actually impossible for the two not to match. You can’t possibly feel depressed and smile at the same time. I then remember something very simple that I used to do that would dramatically change the way I felt. Just take 10 minutes and put an ear to ear smile on your face. Hold it for 10 minutes and notice what happens.
Simple. What I love about this technique is that it really is simple. You can do it anywhere, you don’t need to practice, you don’t need any tapes, just your beautiful face. Just put a smile on your face and notice what happens to the thoughts in your head.
Magical. I think there is a magic in everybody’s smile. Have you ever noticed the effect that someone smiling has on you, even if it is a complete stranger? It feels pretty good. That is why I make a point to smile at complete strangers, and bask in the warmth of their smile when they smile back.
Incredible. It really is an incredible gift to be able to smile. But what is really incredible is how something so seemingly small can create such a massive change in the way you feel.
Loving. Smiling is a great way of putting loving positive energy out into the world. I had a friend once point out to me that when I was out at bars that I didn’t smile. I was shocked, but I started to understand why sometimes strangers didn’t respond positively to me when I talked to them. You can say and do almost anything if you do it with a smile.
Effective. Give this a try for a few days and you will see how effective simply smiling is. I remember listening somewhere that manic depressives were able to be cured simply through a few hours of smiling. Besides, what’s the best that could happen? You may end up feeling good for no reason.
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