What Makes You Smile?
9th Mar 23
It is a known fact that finding something or someone to put a smile on your face can really help improve a low mood.
Despite the feelings we can experience from time to time. You know, when we really just want to hide ourselves away, a smile can make a subtle but effective change.
I met a very interesting man once who makes it his daily challenge to ‘Just say Hello’ to people as he goes through his day. He said he was just trying to make a difference to people’s lives. That certainly warmed my heart and made me smile.
How Can We Make a Difference?
Loneliness has been in the forefront of our news of late, and the Pandemic as we know increased the number of people affected by it.
The feeling of community and belonging have tended to drift away, as our world revolves more and more on the internet and not in person.
One effect of this shift is that people may feel more isolated and lonelier, as they lack the social support and sense of belonging that comes from face-to-face interactions. This can lead to a range of negative mental health outcomes, such as depression and anxiety.
The benefits of taking an interest in the people you come into contact with during the day can benefit not just them, but in turn you. Learning about others can broaden your perspectives and help you see the world in a new way. This can help you grow as a person and become more open-minded. Plus, when you tend to take more of an interest in others, you are showing empathy towards them. Helping you develop your own sense of empathy, especially for yourself, which can be beneficial in all areas of your life.
Smile – It’s Human Instinct.
Although for many, talking to and engaging with others as we go through our day, can feel a bit alien and the head tends to be bowed or glued to a phone.
So maybe it is time to start to appreciate what is around us and feel the joy. The ability to find pleasure and put a smile on your face from your surroundings or people you meet along the way.
When you focus on the positive aspects of your surroundings and the people you encounter, you are more likely to feel positive emotions like happiness and joy. This can help you maintain a positive outlook on life, even during difficult times.
When you interact with others in a positive way, you are more likely to form strong social connections. This can lead to a greater sense of community and belonging, which can be beneficial for your mental health.
Humans are social creatures, and we need to embrace that by engaging and sharing where and when we can.
Smiling is known to reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mood, and improve overall well-being. When you smile at others, it can create a positive connection and help to spread positivity and happiness.
Through offering compliments you can boost your own mood and improve the mood of those around you. Just by acknowledging the positive qualities of others, you can create a more positive and uplifting environment.
Let Me Finish With a Smile
I have shared in a previous posts called Having Your Own Special Go to Space my go to place is the beach, here in Seaford where I live.
This picture was taken this morning as I walked along the waters’ edge with my Border collie puppy.
How can we fail to appreciate the beauty of the water, beach, and sky.
I fully understand how a low mood can certainly cloud your day, but I also know we need to make some effort ourselves to confront that mood with happier thoughts and feelings.
So I challenge you to take the first baby steps to discovering the power of the Smile, and be curious and compliment others.
I would love as always over at Serenity Cabin to hear how this post may have inspired you to change.
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