When I get up each morning, one of the very first things I do is look at my face in the mirror …and smile, for about 10 seconds. This brief little act is a very powerful way to start my day going just the way I want.
A Google search on smiling shows numerous health benefits. Here’s a good brief summary from About Health Some of the benefits may surprise you.
Psychologist Richard Wiseman, in his book The As If Principle gives us an easy step-by-step for putting a good smile into practice. He says:
“There is more to lifting your mood than forcing your face into a brief, unfelt smile that finishes in the blink of an eye. Instead:
Relax the muscles in your forehead and cheeks, and let your mouth drop slightly open.
Contract the muscles near the corners of your mouth, drawing them back toward your ears. Make the smile as wide as possible and extend your eyebrow muscles slightly upward. Hold the resulting expression for about 20 seconds.
Try to incorporate this mood-brightening exercise into your daily routine by, for example, smiling just before you answer the telephone or setting a reminder on your computer.”
So, here’s where I get a little personal, and ask you the obvious question:
If you see the benefits and the ease of doing this daily mirror practice, why aren’t you doing it? Surprise me, and let me know that you are doing this, or something else. I’d love to hear from you (at 480-341-7850) or reply to this email with your comments.
My very best wishes for your good health …to you and your family,