Peace Begins With A Smile

Rise and shine!  There is no better way to start the day than with a huge smile.  Be empowered as you put it into action.   

Mother Teresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile.”  A smile can change an attitude and make a current situation better.  I’ve also heard it described as “free therapy”. 

I am told it takes more effort and burns more calories to smile than it does to frown.  I remember when I was running the longer distances, I ran two full marathons not breathing properly.  To put it this way, I felt like I was hyperventilating the whole time and probably was!  It wasn’t until I read a book, that I learned to breathe on the run.  The author shared that proper breathing starts with a simple smile.  By applying the breathing techniques with a smile on my face, it would make the exercise more pleasant.  When I tried it, I found it to be true. 

One day as I ventured out my house for a morning run, I was reminded of the “smile” concept while catching myself not smiling at the time and breathing quite heavily.  It was when I began to smile, that the challenge became more bearable and even enjoyable.  

Here are some benefits to smiling:

1.  It reduces stress.

2.  It makes you more approachable.

3.  It boosts creativity and productivity.

4.  It improves health.

5.  It improves your mood.

6.  It builds relationships.

7.  It’s contagious.

8.  It’s empowering.

Everything is better when you face it and embrace it with a smile. No matter what the situation is, approach it with a smile. Try it.  In our world, it truly makes a big difference. Others will see it and wonder what you are smiling about.   That within itself will open some amazing doors for conversation and connection.  Keep smiling and looking up.  It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,


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