Smiling Looks Good on You

Michael Scribner, Writer

What is available to everyone, free of charge, and highly impactful? A smile!

People smile for a reason. Most of the time, a smile can be a reflection of happiness, but sometimes it can be a coping mechanism to feel better after doing something wrong or embarrassing. For example, when I do something embarrassing or do poorly on a quiz, I smile and it tricks my brain into feeling happy.

Also, smiling is infectious. One smile can start a wave of smiles. Another great benefit of smiling is that it lowers a person’s overall blood pressure and releases endorphins or dopamine which makes them happy.

In Psalm 126:2-3 it states, ‘“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.”’

God created us and gave us the free gift of smiling. We all love free gifts, so what reason do we have to not use it? God knows what’s best, and he created us to be happy, healthy, and to smile more. So, if you are ever sad, put that frown upside down.