By Bronwyn Ison

Smiling is contagious and is triggered without much thought. We smile when we hear the giggle of a child or when a friend shares a funny joke. Smiling is a natural reflex. When we smile it radiates happiness with others. There is also a mind-body connection. The right frontal cortex of your brain is engaged and this is the area of your brain that registers happiness.

Smiling as often as possible will render you a happier person. You will also become a magnet and others will want to be near you. How often do you smile per day? Do you notice you are happier when you smile? We have 44 muscles in our face and this allows you to realize 5,000 different expressions, many of which are smiles. Consider all the reasons you have to smile each day.

When you are feeling sad or upset, consider smiling. Your entire attitude will shift to something more positive. When you are happy, your feel good endorphins are pumped into the body. Research tells us frowning makes us feel less happy. Those who were told to smile and laugh felt great happiness.

Lois Armstrong composed the song “Smile And The Whole World Smiles With You,” famous. He was absolutely correct. Surrounding yourself with happy people and positioning yourself in positive environments will also encourage more smiles. Keep in mind those who exude negative energy and share frowns are likely to bring you down.

A smile is worth a thousand words. We all desire an attractive smile. Why do you think Cosmetic Dentists have been so successful? People desire a healthy, bright and beautiful smile. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of American adults believe an attractive smile renders a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.

Smiling will reduce your stress. When our stress is reduced our overall health improves. When we are anxious we may frown or scowl. Keep in mind that whatever you are experiencing is temporary. Do your best to smile during your journey. This will lessen the pain and negative feelings.

Seeking to land that job you’ve always wanted? Take control of the interview with your beautiful smile. Do you recall the line in the move Annie? “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” You can dress to impress but without a smile you could miss a great opportunity. Take your smile to your next interview, meeting or party.

Smiling feels good. Begin your day with a smile on your face. Look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Today will be rewarding!” Never leave home without your smile.

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. (760)564-YOGA