Combined with a little bit of science and a little bit of personal experience, I would like to tell you why we should keep smiling. I totally believe that a true smile is the best way to keep you in a good mood. A smile is probably one of the simplest of cures for anything in this world such as broken confidence, broken dreams, and even a broken heart. I have almost lost count of how many times I have looked into the mirror and just smiled at myself, and how it has worked to get me out of a bad mood. At the end of it, you become so infected by your own smile, you wish the reflection you are seeing in the mirror were an actual person and you could hug that person and thank that person for being so nice to you!
A common saying in any profession related to hospitality is 'Serve with a Smile'. Nobody likes to be welcomed by a grumpy, sullen, grouchy receptionist, be it at the doctor's or at a five-star hotel. Have you ever noticed that most wall-clocks on display in stores show the time ten minutes past ten? If yes, have you ever wondered why? It is because the way the hands of a clock are positioned at that time make it look like a smile. Watching someone smile is contagious, and you almost involuntarily tend to smile back at the person you saw smiling. In fact, so powerful is the emotion and emotional connect, that even reading the word 'smile' in this article must have made you smile at some point - and if not, then me mentioning it right now must definitely have! (See, there you go!) In part this could be to do with mirror neurons found in the body. Mirror neurons are those that send out same signals when the body is subjected to a stimulus, and even when that organism sees another organism being subjected to the same stimulus. So when we say 'I can feel your pain', we really can feel someone's pain. And that is probably why when you see someone yawn, you yawn too, and while you see someone smile or laugh, you smile or laugh too. Laughter indeed...
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