Jan 072012
 

Smile and feel goodHave you noticed how people light up when they smile? Do you think that you light up like that when you smile. I am sure you do.

When you are out and about, have you ever noticed how many people smile?

How about when you walk around with a smile, do people respond by smiling back?

A smile is like a free gift we can give to another, even a stranger in passing and very often that gift will be passed on to the next person; it may even ‘come back’ to you.

A smileSmile

  • makes you feel good
  • releases serotonin
  • produces endorphins
  • makes you look good
  • makes others feel good
  • relieves stress
  • is contagious
  • is beautiful
  • inspires others
  • helps with the immune system
  • makes you appear confident and capable
  • feels like eating chocolate
  • makes you appear more attractive

Researchers of the British Dental Health Foundations measured the activity of the heart and brain of volunteers. Pictures of smiling people were shown and they were given  money and chocolate. The research showed that a smile and eating  chocolate  produced the same level of stimulation.

Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, pointed out, “We have long been drawing attention to the fact that smiling increases happiness both in yourself and those around you, so it is good to receive the backing of this scientific research … A healthy smile can improve your confidence, help you make friends and help you to succeed in your career … “

What’s even better is that the more you smile, the more others will too. Dr. David Lewis a psychologist, “Seeing a smile creates what is termed as a ‘halo’ effect, helping us to remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive and more motivated.”

Have you heard the old saying?

“A smile is a little curve that sets a lot of things straight.”

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Did you know it takes 26 muscles to Smile?

And 62 muscles to frown!


Try this:

Smile for 60 seconds. Remember you are releasing endorphins and serotonin while you are doing it.

Maybe you would like to start each day with smiling for 60 seconds to set the tone for the day?

Do you want to step it up?

Smile at yourself for 60 seconds in the mirror.

Another option:

Get together with a friend and smile at each other for 60 seconds.

By the way if you start to giggle, chuckle or even laugh that’s ok too.

Oct 302011
 

Beach painting on wall with window“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Peter F. Drucker

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius

How much time do you get/take to be by yourself to reflect?
Maybe we don’t all need the same amount of time to spend alone to tune in, to reconnect? Do we get/take enough time and what do we do with it when we have it?

“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.” Barbara De Angelis

Some of us may have been conditioned to see self reflection as ‘navel gazing’.
I believe that taking time out and taking ‘stock’ can increase our effectiveness and contribute to well being success and abundance and make us more efficient in using our time.

Here are some questions we could ask ourselves:

* What is true for me?
~ What do I like?
~ What do I want?
~ How do I define myself?

* What do I believe about myself?
~ What did I learn from things that didn’t work out as planned?
~ How can I derive something positive from my mistakes/failures?
~ What do I want to focus on?

* What are my positive aspects?
~ What do I appreciate about myself?
~ What are my achievements?
~ How far did I come in the last week, month, year?

* How far do I want to ‘look’ into the future, plan, set goals?
~ Do I want to set goals?
~ What are my fears around setting goals?

* What is on my plate, in the fridge in the freezer?
~ Do I need more or less on my plate?
~ If I went at my own pace what would I do/not do?

* What am I good at?
~ Do I want to get better at what I am not good at?
~ Could I delegate what I am not good at?
~ What would my day look like at the end of the day if I felt good about it?

* How do I feel?
~ Where do those feelings come from?
~ What were my thoughts before I had those feelings?
~ What past/childhood experiences may be related to those feelings?

* Do I allow myself to trust the process?
~ Do I believe it is all unfolding perfectly?
~ Even if I don’t answer any of those questions?

How to feel good about ourselves by Abraham-Hicks

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Journaling is a great way to reflect. Click here for more about Journaling on Oprah.com

What is your favourite way to spend time in self reflection?
Do you do it on a regular daily basis?

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