What makes you smile?

Did you know that today is World Smile Day?

It’s the first Friday in October every year. (October 7 in 2016.) Curious about this very cool day? Check out the World Smile Day website. It’s filled with articles, history, and fun events happening around the world. Smiling rocks!

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Let’s Celebrate World Smile Day Together

For the next 24 hours (or 5 minutes), make a list of all the things that make you smile. Big smiles. Small smiles. Sly smiles. Goofy smiles. Anything and everything in between.

Smiling Builds Stress Resilience

The healing power of smiling works every which way. Smiling works in private. Smiling works in public. Smiling heals the sender. Smiling lifts the receiver. Smiling even changes your brain.

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine they see all day.”

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Teaching St. Clair College students all about psychology makes me smile! 

Don’t forget to share your list of what makes you smile today. Every time you smile, I smile.🍃

13 thoughts on “What makes you smile?

  1. Reading thoughtful blog posts from other bloggers makes me smile.
    Why? Because in today’s world of micro-attention spans, it relieves me and gladdens me to see that there are people who take the time to pen down their thoughts, their stories, and their poetries.

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  2. I smiled today at my first aqua aerobics class for many years when I managed to keep up with the rest of the class, I smiled when my sister treated me to my favourite ice cream, I smiled when I read my comments on my blog, smiled visiting two aunties and met my Aussie cousin and I smiled again at a gift left from an other lovely cousin… The days not over yet!

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    1. The simple things in life are so incredible, aren’t they! Together they weave the fabric of our lives and the goodness in our heart. Thank you for sharing yours! (Smiling BIG TIME as a type this.) Have a wonderful weekend too! Mine will be extra special as it’s Canadian Thanksgiving.. 3 day holidays are always something to smile about!

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  3. I love to smile! It made me smile when I saw there was such a thing as world smile day when I got online today. I go out of my way to smile at every person I come across each day because it may be the only smile they see. Both of my girls have picked up on it and make a ton of people smile by going out of their way to get their attention just to share a smile. Of course at 2 and 8 they can get away with it 😉

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    1. We share a love for smiling at strangers! The best is how you are raising your children to pass the smile on! The gift of smiling has always been a key piece of my resilience. No matter how tough days may get, a simple smile mirrored back from a stranger (or friend or family) reminds me that I’m not alone. Just like your comments and your posts Niki – they bring us all closer together. Like minded. Faith filled. Hopeful bloggers. And that makes me smile ALL DAY LONG.

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      1. It’s amazing the way people can’t help but smile back. Sure every now and then I come across someone that’s uneasy and doesn’t give one back but for the most part their faces light up. The other day I walked by a man whose face was frozen in a frown, you could just see the wrinkles in his face had settled and deepened due to his permanent frown. I smiled and it caught his attention, my 2 year old waved and smiled and his eyes lit up and his entire face changed. It warmed my heart 🙂 Awww you’re too kind. ❤

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        1. Such a beautiful story!

          Smiling IS key to survival. Especially for older adults who tend to be isolated.

          We think of our life purpose as some “grand scheme” when in fact it’s those little moments of connection that add up over time. <== This is our life purpose.

          So much so, that it's embedded in our brains. Mirror neurons are activated when we smile at each other.

          Mirror neurons and smiling research:

          http://www.medicaldaily.com/monkey-see-monkey-do-emotions-are-contagious-because-mirror-neurons-brain-318692

          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=a%20common%20neural%20basis%20for%20receptive%20and%20expressive%20communication

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          1. It’s funny, that reminds me of my kids. My youngest will be 2 soon and she can hear me laughing and just start laughing because I am. No clue what’s going on, no idea why I’m laughing, she just responds. I’ve even watched movies on my laptop and she hears a laugh and starts laughing in her sleep in response to the laughter.

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