COVID has literally wiped the smiles from our faces.
Wearing masks to maintain our safety took away our smile connection with each other that signaled warmth, safety, empathy, compassion, and gratitude. As a major smiler, and hugger, I knew I had to find other ways to express myself and give a hug without touching.
From behind my mask, I made sure to tell others how thankful I was, my words replacing the smiles they couldn’t see.
During the months of isolation and mandated business closures I began writing and mailing notes of appreciation. One hundred and twenty-five to be exact! Although I am sure the notes brought about many smiles that I did not see, I am so happy we are turning a big corner in human connection and our smiles are coming back.
Psychology Today reveals:
How Smiling Affects Your Brain
Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
How Smiling Affects Your Body
You’re actually better looking when you smile. When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed, and sincere.
Smiling Is Contagious
Studies have shown smiles are contagious. So, if you’re smiling at someone it’s likely they can’t help but smile back. You are creating a symbiotic relationship that allows both of you to release feel-good chemicals in your brain. WIN=WIN!
We can’t always control what happens to us, but I am 100% confident smiling can seriously change your internal and external experience.
As our masks continue to come off, your smile is something that can be worn often, so make it a priority to surround yourself with people, places, and things that brighten your day. Be the positive, happy person in your group of friends.
Interested in bringing more joy and happiness into your life?
Start with your smile. 🙂 Here’s mine!