Grace & Favor – A Life Worth Living

Friday, December 31, 2010


Today is the last day of 2010 and I'm sitting in my chair enjoying the sounds of our home which is currently filled with family who have joined us for the holidays.  Tomorrow will ring in a New Year filled with hope and lofty resolutions.  I looked up smiling on the Internet this morning and you can see below there are many healthy benefits to smiling,  I have one more to add to the list below. 

Hopefully you can see my smile from wherever you are

  because believe me it's a BIG one. 

Why am I smiling you ask, or for the sake of argument
 I assume you ask....

I am officially retired!!!!! 

I packed up my bags from my office and closed the door only to open what I hope will be a wonderful new door
to the rest of my life.

I hope you have many reasons to smile today
 and even more in 2011.

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them in

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure

When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better. 

9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful

Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that "Life is Good!" Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.
Informaiton provided by Mark Stibich, Ph.D.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great post and so right. Congratulations on your retirement. I hope the New Year brings all of God's Blessings. Hugs, Marty

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Congrats on your retirement!! I hope you enjoy every single moment.
Happy New Year.

Paula said...

I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your retirement!! I've got a big smile on my face especially for you.

ShannonPinNOLA said...

What a way to start as a bird!!!

Miss Merry said...

I am smiling right back at you! Congratulations on the retirement. I know that only good things will come to you on the other side of the door. Happy New Year.