Smiling: true Smile

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Emma Villegas
4/23/13
Occasional Essay
Stop and smile

A smile is one of the simplest of cures for anything in this world. It can cure broken dreams, broken confidence, and even a broken heart. Not everyone has the same smile, but they send out the same message: showing happiness, friendliness, appreciation, love, and kindness. A true smile is the best way to keep you and anyone else in a good mood. “When you’re smilin’, the whole world smiles with you,” Said Louis Armstrong in his famous song. Louis is completely right. Research shows that smiling is in fact contagious. Have you ever been around someone who had just had something amazing happen to him or her? Isn’t it almost impossible to not feel good too? That’s because seeing your friend smile activates the muscles in your face to make that same expression. A simple smile can bring so much power. Smiling at a complete stranger while walking down the street will bring them a sort of happiness. We live in a chaotic world where crime rates are on the rise, wars are being declared, loved ones are killed, and animals and people are being abused. When people smile at other people they prove there still is kindness in the world. One of the most beautiful smiles you could ever encounter is when a young child smiles up at you. When they let out that cute baby laugh you were trying to get out by making ridiculous faces at, you can’t help but smile like you’ve never smiled before. Another cute smile is a dog smile. Have you ever gotten home from a long trip and your dog darts at you with all its might with the biggest smile? It’s adorable. Smiling gives you the greatest feeling, more amazing than being hyped on drugs. This feeling you get is because of a physiological release of endorphins (happy hormones), natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug that lasts longer. Why should we smile? Well, not only does it make you...
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