A $2800 dress from Barneys is quite an investment or just plainly stated, out of the budget for most people. How then can a person that decides to open up his/her wallet and make this huge purchase justify his/her spending? Is it for pure pleasure that they love fashion or is it because they believe that the dress is worth the investment since the fabric is made of the utmost quality and will last and sustain in their closet for years to come? Which reasoning would you agree on? Well it depends on which social class you belong to that will give you the answer to this question. If looked through the lenses in this perspective, our habits, characters, and actions can do us no wrong in justifying what we deem is true and correct.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something universal that can cross all social class and allow each of us to express our habits, characters and actions in the same way? There is such a thing. It does not require us to open up our wallet but we can wear it and it can say a lot about us. The act of “Smiling” is a universal language and expression that is recognized in many culture and country throughout the world. Clothing is highly dependent on your culture, social class and biological features which requires change and reinvention every couple of years, which is why we always feel the need to buy a new outfit/wardrobe. Smiling is unconditional, and is not dependent on all these factors. It will always stay the same, in its meaning and expression , which is why “Smiling” is the most important thing you can wear, and best of all it will not break your bank but will be worth a fortune in the long run.
It has been known that smiling relaxes the facial muscles and calms the nervous system. It releases chemicals called neuropeptides that influence our brains, body, and behavior which in turn helps us feel positive by changing our mood, resulting in a decrease level of stress. Smiling also helps the brain release these “feel good” neurotransmitters like dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that help reduce heart rate and help to calm our nervous system. (D’Arcy Lyness, PhD)
Smiling is a great intrinsic tool we all have that is already built inside of us. If we learn to wear it well each day, it can increase happiness and joy in us and those we surround ourselves with. Learning to flex and exercise these facial muscles to form a “Duchenne smile” (sincere smile) can be a trait that is highly valuable. It shows how sincere we are and can be an influential tool in creating trust,and positive reinforcement (wikipedia.org) with others. Ending a text with a smile emoji is a great way to create positive reinforcement. When there is trust, happiness and joy will always follow. By smiling more often, we can start to create wellness in our life and in our communities
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Put a Smile on a loved one’s face this season. Get a head start on their holiday wish list.