Power of a Smile

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You are you and that is true, there’s no one in the world who’s you-er than you.” 
Dr. Seuss

The research on smiling is extensive and far-reaching.   Our dear friend, Charles Darwin, when he was not writing “The Origin of the Species” came up with the Facial Feedback Response Theory that argues smiling makes you feel better.  This is opposite to conventional wisdom which states that when you feel great, you smile.

Jeanne Calment, the French super-centenarian, who holds the title for living the longest – 122 years, 164 days, said “Always keep your smile.  That’s how I explain my long life.”  It seems the data supports her claim.  Studies suggest that the span of a smile has predictive value on determining the span of a lifetime. Ultrasounds demonstrate that babies smile even in the womb.  It seems that smiles can determine how long a marriage will last.  Best of all, researchers have found that when one person smiles, it compels another person to smile back.  It is difficult to frown if someone is smiling at you.

Somehow, I think we already knew that a smile had the power to make our lives remarkable.

“If by chance some day you’re not feeling well and your should remember some silly thing I’ve said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled.”

Red Skelton