A smile is typically defined as your face exhibiting a pleasant sort of expression. This rather simple definition doesn’t cover even half of the connotations of a smile which has the power to make or break one’s day. A smile is inherently present in humans and even found in other creatures. It begins from infantile stages which indicates it’s significance in our lives
A scientific argument behind smiling is that it had numerous health benefits such as releasing endorphins, lowering blood pressure and easing stress but the real beauty behind it is the rudimentary nature of the act in relation to the immense power it holds. As a means to celebrate smiles around the world, let’s go over some things which make you smile regardless of where you are and who you are.
Reason to Smile
Random acts of kindness
Seeing someone going out of their way and being kind to you or another individual really has a way of making your day. It restores your faith in humanity and Inspires you to do better and be better.
Spending time with a loved one
Life has the capability to overwhelm you with monotony at times. A break is necessary and the best kinds are indulging yourselves with whatever you consider as self-care. Ring up friends or family and lose yourself in the nostalgia of the past and it’ll cheer you right up.
This point encompasses all acts you do for yourself which may or may not require outside intervention. They are centered around you and the sole aim of the activity is to make you feel better about yourself. A spa day, reading, taking a hike on a beautiful day or even having a good sleep can perk you right up and give you instant happiness.
Having a delicious meal
This one is fairly obvious yet overlooked as most of us just tend to stuff ourselves until we feel “satisfied”.This is the wrong way to go about it as the key is to moderate our intakes and listen to our body. It’s like the French say, savour every bite but ensure that it’s a small portion which includes all your basic food groups.
Making a new friend
Meeting someone who shares your interests or just gives you a warm feeling has a way of making you smile. As we grow older, it seems as if connecting with new people seems harder which makes the event even more special when it happens.
Having a crush
Romantic relationships have a major impact on you whether you like it or not. Thus, having a crush and exploring all your feelings about it gives you a rush. I won’t get into all the complications that you have to encounter while in love but the initial feeling of having a crush is beautiful in itself.
The perfect weather
There may not be something clearly defined as perfect but nothing beats the feeling when you go out and the weather is just right and makes you feel happy to be alive. It doesn’t last which makes you cherish it even more. It sets off a chain of events to make the day even more joyous.
Feeling good about your appearance
Smiles are often seen as making you look more confident. The days when you like the way you look often turn out to be the best as it’s harder to bring you down for petty things. It’s even more special when you dress up for no particular occasion and end up having a randomly great day.
Achieving a goal of yours
Whether you plan obsessively or take life as it comes, we all have some goals that we regard as a success in our lives. Achieving these or even coming marginally closer to them restores our belief in ourselves and brings about a new wave of positivity in our lives. Small or big, they matter just the same.
Playing with animals
Most of us have pined for pets throughout our lives and while some of us had them others didn’t. However, there is a sense of kindness in all individuals towards other creatures and activities such as playing with puppies are deemed to be one of the biggest stress relievers.
Words of affirmation
While you must derive your self worth independently, it is undeniable that listening to someone praise you is validation enough for most people. It may be very small but it adds a skip to your step and lets you focus on that one point for the rest of the day. It’s true that you can’t always depend on this to happen but it’s surely a nice thing to hear and motivates you to be kind to others as well.
Don’t mistake this for just romantic relationships as touching another person is a common gesture used by most of us and is even seen in the animal kingdom. Getting a good hug from a friend that you’ve met after a long time, cuddling up with your siblings at the end of a long day or even a pat on the back from a parent / parental figure is enough to keep you in good spirits for a long time to come.
This list is may seem quite compact but it surely hits a chord with most of us. You can tailor these points to yourself by thinking of specific instances in your life and I bet you’re smiling just thinking about them right now. So keep making memories and smiles and make sure you return the favor as you go along.