Resilience Pathway #110: Smile

Consider how often you smile in a given day. Smiling is innate, a behavior using over 15 facial muscles that we are pre-programmed to do. Think for a moment how often babies smile and laugh. Smiling portrays a range of positive emotions including confidence, friendliness, and happiness.

Smiling has many positive effects not only on the person who is smiling but also on others who are receiving your smile and positive energy. When you smile as you interact with others it is hard for them not to respond positively to you. 

You may be surprised to learn that smiling and laughing, like aerobic exercise and meditation, stimulate our brains to create endorphins. Endorphins are our body’s natural pain killers and produce a sense of well-being. Endorphins interact with receptor neurons to reduce the intensity of pain. They also generate feelings of euphoria, regulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune system.

Additionally, you’ll find that it is difficult to engage feelings of stress or to respond negatively to stressful situations when you’re authentically displaying your happy grin and bright eyes with a big smile. So try smiling all day long. You’ll feel the positive effects of the endorphins, lower your stress, make a few new friends, and exercise your facial muscles along the way.

Coaching Inquiries: What really makes you smile? How often do you smile? When do you find that you suppress a smile? Have you ever faked a smile? What structure can support you to smile more? 

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Christina Lombardo, PCC, CPCC (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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