Smile More And Feel Lighter

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Still to this day one of the most popular articles I have ever written is  ”Smile into your organs“.  It’s all about holding a smile on your face,  feeling the feelings of the smile (for me it’s joy and a lightness) and then, with a little help from your breath, send that smiling energy into each of your organs.  One smiling breath at a time.

Smile into your liver to dissolve anger, smile into your kidneys to help dissolve fear or smile into your lungs to help dissolve sadness.  Trust me it works, even if some organs resist at first (and believe me – they do resist at times).   Eventually they will soften enough to open up and receive the smiling energy.

I’m all for smiling as a therapy.  I’m all for smiling as an awesome way to flow through life.

So I was thrilled to watch and read about the latest scientific studies on smiling from Ron Gutman at Ted TV.  He shares how smiling is directly linked to our longevity and overall health and well-being. You’ve got to love that.

And, as 2012 is the year where I’m keen to live life more lightly, I reckon smiling is an easy, no-brainer way to bring more lightness into our daily life.  What do you think?

Wake up and smile:

How about smiling with your lips, cheeks, eyes and whole face first thing in the morning and let it soak into your body.  Remember your first waking thoughts/rituals will either bring you closer or take you farther away from the kind of day you’d like to have.

So, in an attempt to add more smiling faces to our planet, I’m sharing Ron Gutman’s scientific research and insights on smiling.  You can also click here to watch his 8 minute talk on Ted TV

Amazing facts about smiling:

By Ron Gutman

1:   Smiling is as stimulating to the brain as eating up to 2,000 bars of chocolate

2:  Smiles aren’t just a response to feeling good, they can actually make you feel good.

3:  Smiles can predict success in marriage.

4:  Frequent smilers report greater well-being throughout life

5:  Smiling not only makes you look more friendly, it actually makes you look more competent

6:  Smiles can help you live longer


What’s in a Smile?

Smiles hold the same meanings in cultures around the world, even for cannibals :)

8:  Smiling can help connect with others quickly

9:  Smiling is evolutionarily contagious

Smiling activates the emotional processing centers of our brains and produces real, tangible pleasure that we can experience and enjoy. When we smile we don’t only feel good, but we also look good to others around us. We’re perceived to be more friendly, sociable, trustworthy, and even more competent. When others see us smiling, they see us in a better light, and they instinctively and instantaneously mimic our smiles. This smile activates the emotional processing centers of their brains and makes them feel better. It also strengthens our connection to them and improves our social interactions.

Photo by Theen

This article was originally published on Carole’s wonderful blog  and appears on midlifexpress with her kind permission.

Claire Bell

Claire Bell is the health and wellbeing editor of Midlifexpress. She is the author of Stone Age Secrets for Mind and Body and Comma Magic. Print and ebooks available on Amazon.

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