Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

A smile is a universal expression of happiness and recognized as such by all cultures.
A smiling person is judged to be more pleasant, attractive, sincere, sociable, and competent.
Smiling or even seeing someone smile releases endorphins that work in the brain to give an overall feeling of well-being.
Happy people generally don’t get sick as often as people who are unhappy.
It takes only 17 muscles to smile compared to 43 muscles to frown.
1. Smile at everyone you see today.
2. Keep track of how many times you smile and laugh today.
3. If you are having trouble smiling, here are a few suggestions to help:
-make faces at yourself in the mirror
-shake your body like its laughing from the inside
-jump on the bed
-hug someone you love
-visit a pet store
4. At the end of your day of smiling, notice how you feel and whether people acted differently around you.
Smiling is contagious. Happiness leads to smiling and smiling leads to happiness. On my cell phone screen I have one word….SMILE! I had read a quote once that said “Smile at everyone you meet” and I try to live by that every day. Each time I look at my phone I would be reminded to smile. You never know what kind of day the person you are meeting on the street, at the checkout, in the waiting room, is having…maybe your smile could make their day.
The following are some of my favorite smile quotes:
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Mother Teresa
I’ve got nothing to do today but smile. Simon and Garfunkel
Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. Mark Twain
Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa
Make an effort to smile at everyone you meet today!

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