Say Cheese!

You want to know the  one thing that will guarantee a bad day for me?

Photo courtesy of Tetsumo at flickr.com

Photo courtesy of Tetsumo at flickr.com

Frowning.

When I find myself with a frown on my face as I interact with my kids, it makes that time exponentially less joyful. I’m less patient with my daughter, which brings out more negative behavior in her, which then brings about more frowning (or worse) in me!

When I’m smiling, I’m in a better mood, which improves my interactions with my kids.

Let’s look at 4 reasons to smile:

  1. Smiling is universal.
    • Smiling is the natural response to something pleasurable or humorous.
    • Smiling communicates positivity no matter where we are.
    • When we smile as we meet someone, we show our interest in that person.
    • A smile as we begin a presentation or meet with our boss indicates confidence and enthusiasm. Smile at a child and she will feel loved.
    • Interest, confidence, enthusiasm, and love. All from a simple smile.
  2. It improves the atmosphere.
    • Who wants to work in an office or be in a home where everyone looks miserable?
    • Smiling puts people at ease, which allows us to connect with them better.
    • We build stronger relationships.
    • We start a chain reaction and before we know it, others are smiling too.
  3. Smiling makes you more attractive.
    • Want to make friends?
    • Want to show your availability to your children?
    • Smile. Others will be drawn to you.
    • When we smile, we’re opening a door for others to enter into our lives. Go ahead, invite them in.
    • When we’re frowning, we are closing ourselves off and appear as if we have more important things to do than be supportive. When we smile, we’re showing that we care and want to help.
  4. You will feel better.
    • Don’t believe me? Do it right now. Smile.
    • Even if you don’t feel like it, force yourself to smile. Hold it for a few seconds. Even if a smile is forced, it will still raise your mood.

So there you go, Mama. Smile until your face hurts and then smile some more.

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