Friday, April 10, 2009

Instructions on how to smile

Before there is any misunderstanding, let me clarify that I do not believe smiling comes with a step-by-step manual, like how to work house appliances. I’m sure people may think they need no instructions on how to smile. They’re probably right. There is no right or wrong way to smile. I’m not suggesting there is. I simply believe that smiling can be an experience to savor, an act to delight in and enjoy. It can be so much more than a sign of amusement, when you feel that uplifting transformation change your facial expression. You become aware of the curl of your lips, the softening in your cheeks, and a sweet lighthearted feeling in your chest. A smile can be an automatic reflex - you do it involuntarily to be polite, to salute a passing neighbor, to keep from scowling at your boss, to appear approachable to others, etc. But take a moment here to really feel what its like to smile. First, relax - you don’t just want to flash your canines to prove it’s easy. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Really. (These instructions will still be here when you open them). Now, start small: slightly curl one side of your mouth. Just a little. Now hold it… doesn’t it feel wrong not to curl the other side too? So go ahead. SMILE. Feel your lips broaden, your cheeks pull high and your eyebrows lower over your eyes. It’s a good feeling. And the second you become aware of that feeling, then you can enjoy the act of smiling. Regardless if others may think it’s a little creepy to smile without a justifiable reason. You don’t need any other reason than because you want to and you enjoy it. I think its one way you learn to feel good about yourself, smiling for you. So, take pleasure in that warm light happy feeling, and brighten your own day from the inside out.

By: V.S

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