The email in my inbox was titled, "The Dangers of Not Smiling". It was an odd title for an email from a shoe company, so I opened it. The title made reference to a Scientific American article about the benefits of smiling.
As it turns out, when we frown, it triggers a series of chemical reactions in our body that makes us feel bad. (That's an extremely simplified version of the biochemistry involved.)
When we smile, it makes us feel better.
What caught my eye is that, when people saw something disgusting, but held a pen in their mouths so that they couldn't make a disgusted expression, they felt less disgust.
What we do affects how we feel, including what we do with our faces.
No matter how bad our circumstances are, when we smile, it gives our hearts a little lift.
Today, let's smile. Regardless of how our bodies feel. Regardless of our circumstances. Regardless of the sorrow and distress flooding our world.
Before you know it, you'll feel better, too.
"A joyful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 17:22 esv
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