Evening temperatures drop, and chilly air promises autumn is approaching. My neighbors ignite their firepit, they raise a glass and toast the day. A block away, the Friday night high school football crowd roars. I light a candle to celebrate my favorite time of year.
There is something soothing and about candles. Their yummy scents fill the house, calm my mind and I smile. When you smile, the world smiles in return. A Swedish study revealed when test subjects were shown an image of a smiling person and the researcher asked them to frown, the subjects imitated the face in the photo, smiling instead of frowning. Your smile is contagious, and it changes everything.
A smile makes us more attractive, lifts our mood and the moods of other people, and it extends our life expectancy. And can we talk about the awesome party a smile gets rolling? A smile floods our brains with neuropeptides, dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. Drugs, baby. They are all-natural, 100% organic, create no negative side effects, don’t require a prescription or a dealer, and… wait for it… they are FREE.
Buddha was a smart man. By sharing a smile, you get huge benefits and you can transmit happiness to random strangers. Chance are, they will smile at the next person they meet. With any luck, your smile chain may travel around the world today.
Are you smiling yet?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer