I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I have a beautiful smile.  Many of the comments came from men who may or may not be genuine with their words, but I recently decided to smile more.  I figured if my smile really is that beautiful, then why not share more of it with the rest of the world?

I have to admit, smiling doesn’t come naturally to me.  I laugh a lot, but I don’t smile half as often as I laugh.  I am not sure why that is.  Furthermore, I noticed that I usually walk around with a stern look on my face.  I am not sure where I picked up that habit, but it must have been a long time ago because that stern look just feels so natural to me now.

In deciding to smile more, I consciously try to put a smile on my face everywhere I go (commuting, working at my desk, reading a book, watching TV at home, etc).  At first it took some practice because I didn’t want the general public to look at my smile and think I am a crazy loon smiling at nothing.  But after a few days, I started to get the hang of “smiling to look friendly”.

So it’s been two weeks since I started to consciously smile more, and I am in awe of what a difference that small gesture made in my life.  For one thing, I noticed my mood has been more upbeat.  I am happier than I would’ve been given my current difficulties in life.  My outlook on life has also changed — everything seems more bright, the future more optimistic, and I feel that I can conquer obstacles thrown in my direction.  I don’t feel as if I am on cloud nine or that I am invincible, but I do feel good, confident, and empowered to face life’s challenges.  And it’s all because I started to smile more! WOW!

After my experience, I highly recommend everybody to try to smile more.  Your result may or may not be as dramatic as mine, but I think you, too, will be surprised at the power of a smile — your own smile!

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