Ignite a smile



Hi folks, this is my first Article here, I hope it lights a smile on your face;))


What is a smile? Is the longest word in English language 'smiles' because you can find that between the first "s" and the last "s" there is a "mile" , s_mile_s ? Of course, I'm Joking! :D


A smile can capture, hold you like nothing else can. When you see a smile, unconsciously you grab hold of it, believing in the moment it gives; in the reason that's given, it shares a piece of the giver and you give something in return. Something too simple yet brimming in hope!


Mother Teresa said, 'Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."


It is the best nonverbal way to express your feeling. An impassive expression maybe an asset to a good poker player but it is a barrier to effective communication. Your smile communicates your attitude, feeling, and emotion more clearly than any other gesture. It is most powerful!


Mayo Clinic reports that laughter causes your body to release its own natural painkillers. And a 2012 study found that social laughter increases your pain threshold, creating a higher pain tolerance. So, if you’re in pain due to an injury, illness or chronic disease, watch a funny movie, attend a comedy show or hang out with friends and family who make you smile.


Your smile serves as a barometer for what is inside you. People watch your face for clues about your sincerity, your attitude toward your message and your earnestness. If a friend were to smile warmly at you and say, 'you're crazy, would you feel insulted? Probably not, in fact you might even take it as a sign of endearment. 


The key to conveying friendliness is remembering to smile. Make everyone you meet feel important, establish a sense of personal connection. In Spanish, smiling is sonrisa, which sounds like sun rise. The rising in the warmth of a beautiful, genuine smile! 


Because in the smiles I have chased, there are indescribable promises. It makes me dream and so gives me hope. If anything, it has made me live a wholesome, deeply happy life. And it goes on, I imagine it, am inspired by my own desires to meet one who would tell the things I feel, and eventually, I find it, yet again, better each an ongoing story that evolves towards yet higher reaches. Like dawn, it can be a subtle sign which, immaterial, on an expressive face, chases the shadows away, shyly revealing the magic of smile.


Being positive and more optimistic, living "in the moment" (stop over-thinking, just doing), not worrying about stuff, and laughing and smiling more. All these factors have contributed to an overall happier life I've been enjoying from quite a long time. If you want more happiness and joy in your life than smiling is definitely a good start.


Smiling makes people think you're confident; that you actually know what you're doing. They like your smile; you're friendlier, happier, and it makes you appear more attractive and approachable-- So long as your smile is genuine and not creepy. It can brighten someone's day, since we tend to emulate the duchenne smile. It also makes us feel happier. Smiling can go a long way, and it can't hurt! :))


I still remember reading somewhere 'broader one’s grin and the deeper the creases around one’s eyes when one smiles, the longer one is likely to live". 


Mark Stibich, PhD, a consultant at Columbia University, and contributor to a Guide to Longevity at, believes smiling may also act as a stress relief.

'When you're stressed a number of things happen to your body,' explains Stibich.

'Your pulse rate shoots up, your digestive system shuts down, and your blood sugar levels increase.

"But two things also happen that you have voluntary control over – your breathing becomes shallower and faster and facial expressions kick in.

'If you can slow your breathing down and change your expression, you may be able to turn around the stress cascade.'


One of my favorite quotes is: “Don’t let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world.” It’s credited as “anonymous,”.

It talks about your smile and not someone else's smile. I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not just to impress some people or try to fit in. “You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfill your own dreams and destiny, and hope that whatever your art is that you’re putting out there, if it’s received, great, I respect you for receiving it. If it’s not received, great, I respect you for not.” — Octavia Spencer


Do what makes you happy and what pleases you. As long as you’re doing the right things with a good heart, that’s all that really matters. Don't let negativity destroy your morale. Spark a smile and ignite positive energy. Smile is a flashlight that lights the society. 


Life is all about the experiences you make. Make and cherish experiences; see the true color of life. Learn the truth about life. Do you know the Buddha smile?

One of the most iconic images of Buddhism is surely that of the Buddha sitting silently under a tree, with his eyes half-closed, while beaming the most beautiful, kind and understanding smile ever. So enduring is this depiction of deep peace and composure, that the Buddha, be it in the form of statues or pictures, is the most reproduced image in the world. It is appreciated not only by Buddhists, but by people from various cultural walks of life – to the extent that Buddha images have become home decor must-haves for many!


The Buddha smiles because he has made peace, not only with himself, but with the rest of the world too. What the eternally seated Buddha represents is the state of enlightened bliss that the Buddha abides in – even as he does his best, which is whatever is necessary in the moment, to guide beings to the same enlightenment! (synonymous with True Happiness).


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So, remember to turn that frown upside down;))


 ~Veena K

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