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Book Of Life Rabbi Raichik Memorial Award

David Kracov was commissioned to create an award to be given in honor of, and named for, Rabbi Yossi Raichik, the beloved director of Chabad's Children of Chernobyl.The award, "Book Of Life", was created by David and inspired by the extraordinary life of Rabbi Yossi Raichik. The sculpture depicts the "Book Of Life", each page filled with words from those he touched, with those pages and thoughts transforming into butterflies, each representing the 2.547 children he helped save and give new lives. 

SANDY AND THE 1000 PAPER CRANES

 

I HAVE RECENTLY CAME THROUGH THIS TRULY inspiring project on SANDY'S SITE:

About The Project

So why 1000 paper cranes? What started this all?
Sandy read the true story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, and she was feeling sad, yet inspired. Sadako was a young woman living Hiroshima at the time of the bombing. She developed leukemia not long after. While she was in a nursing home on her death bed, she decided to attempt to fold 1000 paper cranes. According to Japanese folklore, folding 1000 paper cranes allows the folder one granted wish, and hers was to live. Sadly she only lived to make 644 cranes. Sadako’s friends and family completed the remaining cranes for her.
While Sadako’s story didn’t have a happy ending, her goal of creating 1000 paper cranes was ambitious and has become a symbol of world peace. (Background: Cranes are a symbol of peace in Japanese culture. One myth holds that cranes live for 1000 years, hence making 1000 paper cranes.) 
So Sandy adopted this project. With a twist. Since cranes are symbols of peace, she wanted to put some positive words on there. Her hope is that people will see the crane and be influenced in a positive way, even if it’s just a pleasant thought. Without being too whimsical or naive, she just wanted to spread a bit of happiness around in a relatively simple way. And of course, she’d love to hear from anyone who finds one, or stumbles onto her blog: http://www.1000cranemission.com/ 
So what exactly is the mission?
Sandy is attempting to make 1000 paper cranes, putting a different positive word on each of them. Her hope is that she will be able to place all 1000 in different locations. 
She is making each paper crane on her own and “releasing it.”  A picture of each crane with its word will be pictured, in addition to a picture of the crane in its location.
The word on Sandy's first crane on July 31 2010 was::
1. HAPPY
Definition: (adj) Glad, pleased; characterized by well-being and contentment
Location: Wall Township Library, Wall, New Jersey
 
Would you like to know the words on Sandy's other cranes? Scroll down to the bottom of the page. I wish you luck to learn and live these words.
 
HOMETOWN - YOKO ONO

 

PLAYING FOR CHANGE DAY 2012 

 

VOICES OF THE CHILDREN

PABLO COELHO - THE MEANING OF LIFE

 

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 50 Life Lessons by Regina Brett

 1.Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

 16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

 

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, AKA Mother Teresa (1910)

In 1927, 17-year-old Agnes Bojaxhiu left her native Macedonia and became a Catholic nun in India, changing her name to Teresa. She never saw her family again. Her decades of devoted charity to the poor earned her global recognition and a 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. Though she was a prominent religious figure, she suffered from a crisis of faith that lasted decades. Since her death in 1997, she has rapidly progressed toward being declared a saint. Why was an exorcism once performed on Mother Teresa? 

More: Mother Teresa

“great people talk about ideas. average people talk about things. small people talk about other people.” – author unknown

 

Paul Newman's letter to his wife on their wedding day: "Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner."

So Much Happiness

It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records…..

Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it,
and in that way, be known.

~ Naomi Shihab Nye

 A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.' One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'

Fun

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Sometimes all your best friends are coming over and you need something fun to do because you’re sick of your regular routine. Here are some ideas you may not have thought of already—some are long-term projects, some are ways to pass the time on a day when you’re all dying of boredom—and we hope you’ll add your own ideas to this pile, too. I couldn’t have come up with this list without the help of my very own Rookie girl gang, so shout-outs to Tavi, Anaheed, Hazel, Rachael, Jenny, Lauren, Naomi, Pixie, Anna, and Marie!

  • Create your own club based on something you all love, whether it’s sticker collecting or Star Trek or snowball fights. If you haven’t met your gang yet, or you just want to expand the one you’ve got, finding this kind of club through your school or local park district might be the way to do it.
  • Form a book club. Start by reading each person’s all-time favorite book, then pick out books together once you know one another’s loves and hates.
  • Write your own book. You can each write individual books and have a weekly writing group to work on them. Or you can start a group novel in a notebook that you pass from person to person. Ursula K. Le Guin has a book with some good activities you can try to get the creative juices flowing.
  • Get another notebook for a group diary. You can take turns with it at school, writing about your day or whatever you are thinking about and comment on one another’s entries and write one another letters. Be as serious or silly as you want. Create your own language or code so no one but your girls can read your secrets.
  • Make a group zine or comic and distribute it online, either by yourselves or with the help of a zine distributor. You could also start a group blog. It could include your book reviews, your own poetry, fashion ideas, political rants, or whatever, but should definitely start with your girl gang manifesto because every girl gang needs one.
  • Form a band (you don’t need to know how to play your instruments yet—learn by doing) and have a jam session where you learn and play a bunch of songs by your favorite band. You can even dress up like them.
  • Write your own songs with your band.
  • Come up with and act out your own sitcom (including a theme song). Or film your own reality TV show, which doesn’t have to be real reality of course, but with lots of Jerry Springer–like drama.
  • Put on a play or make a movie. Horror movies, documentaries, and mockumentaries have been scientifically proven to be the most fun to make with friends.
  • Rent a really bad movie, put it on mute, and add your own dialogue. Or rent a really awesome movie that you all love, put it on mute, and see how many parts you can do by heart.
  • Make a series of how-to guides for YouTube on whatever your gang knows best, whether that’s cooking, doing magic tricks, applying make-up, or fixing up cars.
  • Choreograph a dance, seriously or like ones you did to Hillary Duff when you were little. Or seriously like the ones you did to Hillary Duff when you were little.
  • Take your band, play, movie, or dance to the next level and organize or enter a talent show or a battle of the bands.
  • Like to sew or knit? Form a knitting circle. Decorate girl-gang jackets. Get old sewing patterns on eBay or Etsy to make cute vintage-looking dresses. Make a quilt out of your favorite old T-shirts you’ve outgrown so you can have them forever without their taking up closet space.
  • Make DIY crowns or collars.
  • Have a group closet purge, exchange the clothes that you don’t want anymore, and donate what is left to a thrift shop.
  • Organize a toy drive for children in need this holiday season. This is not only a fun group activity; you’ll all feel awesome afterward for having helped a bunch of kids.
  • Volunteer somewhere together like a soup kitchen or a domestic-violence agency, or join Habitat for Humanity and help build someone’s dream home.
  • Plan an event around something you care about—comic books, crafting, feminism, environmentalism, whatever—with speakers and panels and activities. You can even do this with an online girl gang. That’s how I met the girls that I planned The Midwest Girl Fest with when I was 16.
  • Get all dressed up and to the Renaissance Faire.
  • Join one of those exercise classes that are totally fun and goofy like Zumba and laugh at one another.
  • Play Dungeons & Dragons. Seriously, it’s fun. I didn’t discover it until my freshman year of college, but I was totally addicted for a semester.
  • Start a weekly poker game or learn bridge. Gamble for candy.
  • Redecorate your room. Have your friends make collages or paint on the walls or Sharpie on your desk.
  • Draw plans for the giant house that one day you will all live in together.
  • Plan an imaginary road trip or backpacking trip. Get detailed. What roads will you take? What will you pack? Which crappy diners will you stop at?
  • Now plan that trip for real.
  • Now go on that trip!
  • Have a picnic in the woods or the park. If you’re a Twin Peaks nerd, model it after the pilot episode with cherry pie and doughnuts. Or you make it a candy picnic. We really like and support candy, OK?
  • Explore your own town, especially the parts of it that look like they are from another time or place. And the train tracks. Cemeteries are good places to wander, too—just don’t be obnoxious.
  • Photo-document your explorations. Pretend to be tourists. Dress up and take pictures in interesting locales. Carry around a doll or stuffed animal and pose it in different places like the gnome from Amelie. It’s a Tumblr waiting to happen.
  • Go to the mall or the park or a diner and just people-watch. Make up stories about the people you see, or eavesdrop and put all the weird things you hear into a zine.
  • Speaking of diners, pick your favorite one and hang out there for as long as humanly possible just talking and people-watching and drinking coffee. My best friend and I once hung out at a Denny’s for 16 straight hours. Can you beat us? Just be sure to tip the wait staff really well, since you are taking up a table.
  • Go record, book, or clothes shopping together. Pick out a new outfits, books, or albums for one another instead of just buying what you always do.
  • Have a tea party with tea, scones, little sandwiches, and crumpets. I’m not sure I even know what a crumpet is, but hopefully it’s tasty like a scone. Dress up in your fanciest clothes. Or dress up like Marie Antoinette and eat cake with your tea.
  • Throw a theme party based on something you all love. If it’s a TV show, have a sickeningly long marathon.
  • Have a dance party. Here’s a good playlist to use, or make one of everyone’s favorites.
  • Makeovers. It had to be said eventually, right? Do manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, all the stuff you’d have to pay way too much for at a salon. Use Hannah’s DIYs. Hair dyeing is best with friends.
  • Build a fort and spend all day or night hanging out in it, reading, napping, working on projects listed above, and doing this next thing which might be the most important activity of all…
  • Plot a revolution. Seriously, the world is counting on you, so get to it! ♦ 
  •  
  • via Rookiemag.com

How to Smile for Happiness

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit
inside, right? That's because smiles are contagious.]]You can easily stand out by smiling, and at the same time, improve your happiness. In fact, smiling helps make you feel much better emotionally, because it releases endorphins, brain chemicals that relieve pain and increase your feelings of contentment.[1] Moreover, smiles are contagious, which means you can increase the happiness of others around you simply by sharing one, whether or not you know the person. If you'd like a very easy and effective way to lighten your own mood and the atmosphere around you, try smiling more, all for the sake of happiness.

 This picture makes you feel happy inside, right? That's because smiles are contagious.

This picture makes you feel happy inside, right? That's because smiles are contagious.

Steps

  1. Consider the neuroscience behind the smile. People are attracted to other people who smile.[2] We're compelled to spend more time around someone who smiles and to share in the feel-good chemicals their smile induces in us. Whereas, a frown will push aside others, for we're afraid of catching their negativity, which is contagious too. And which would you rather catch––the blues or a feeling of blissful joy? Laughter, an extension of smiles, is contagious too and those who love tend to attract us to their side too.[3] Did you ever notice that in television shows, you hear background laughter in parts of the show that aren't even that funny? That is because the producers know that laughter is contagious, and when the audience hears laughter, things seem funnier than they actually are. [4] The person on the left is laughing, and the person on the right is smiling, because laughter is contagious. The person on the left is laughing, and the person on the right is smiling, because laughter is contagious.
  2. Smile to stay positive. Smiles increase our feeling of well-being and sense of positivity.[5] A test to show you how smiling keeps you positive is to smile, and then try to think of something negative, but keep trying to smile. You'll soon see that it is hard, usually too hard to do! When you smile, your body and mind are sending a message to you that everything is okay, and that life is great. Smiling can help get alleviate feeling down and depressed; indeed, practiced regular, it works better than any type of medication to relieve yourself of stress. 
    • Smiling changes mood. When you're feeling sad, start smiling. Your mood will be elevated. Smiling tricks the body into changing your mood for the better.[1]  Smile to stay positive. Smile to stay positive.
  3. Smile to make yourself seem more successful. People who smile appear more confident, and are more likely to be promoted.[6] [7][8] This seems to happen because your cheery smile will put your boss into a happy mood, and you're more likely to be approached by many people, making you the workplace social butterfly, the "go-to" person who keeps morale high. In addition, smiling around your boss may make him or her feel more charitable (see below), making him or her more likely to see you as promotion-worthy material. Smile during meetings, and you will see that people will react to you favorably (of course, do so within context––it isn't going to be so appropriate after a mid-year profit loss has just been announced!).  Smile to make yourself seem more successful.  Smile to make yourself seem more successful.
  4. Smile to look younger. Smiling can make you appear more youthful and may even take years off your real age.[9] The muscles used to smile lift up your face, which is one way to make you appear much younger. Moreover, simply by smiling you appear more youthful than adopting a dour, down-faced look all the time. Of course, don't force things––an unnatural and dramatic smile will cause people to worry about what you're up to! Just try to smile throughout the day naturally, thinking of pleasant things and sending out love to others as you smile. Some ways to increase the power of your smile (and hopefully your youthful twinkle) include:
  5. Smile to be more forgiving and more tolerant of frustration. It has been shown that unhappy people tend to be more antagonistic than happy people.[10] In order to reduce this sense of internal angst and outward frustration, cover your bothers with a smile. When you're intolerant of frustration, it can display itself outwardly on your face as sourness and in stiff body movements. Moreover, it wreaks havoc with your sense of peacefulness and leaves you in a horrid mood that lingers.[10] Of course, smiling your way through times of frustration should not be mistaken by others for being a pushover or indifferent––be considerate of the appropriateness of smiling on such occasions. And never use smiling to cover up your inner feelings of unhappiness about the direction that relationship problems are taking––smiles don't take place of proper communications and working out things together.
  6. Smile to be more kind and charitable to others. Using smiles to open yourself to others and appear welcoming will help to increase your feelings of kindness toward others.[10] Rightful righteousness involves being happy when you're helping others,[11] so you could interpret smiling as a way of helping others because it leads them to smile and feel good about themselves too! Go the extra mile; allow the cashier to keep the change, let the woman behind you cut you in line, avoid road rage, and do anything you can to act nicely and righteous toward others.[10] And all the while, just smile.
  7. Smile around your spouse. Happiness plays a strong role in marriage and its longevity prospects, as spouses are easily influenced by each other's moods. An increase in one spouse's positive outlook can easily boost the positive feelings of the other spouse (just as the reverse can also apply). The proximity of spouses to each other has been positively proven to influence each other extensively in this way. In the occurrence of a phenomenon known solely as "health concordance", the health behaviors of partners tend to influence each of the partners' good or bad habits including smiling. [10] As such, aim to influence each other in the most positive manner possible. As mentioned before though, don't cover up your feelings of frustration or unhappiness by pretending to smile things away––always leave the doors of communication open. A smile can ease your way into a difficult but necessary conversation... Smile around your spouse.  Smile around your spouse.
  8. Smile to relieve stress. Smiling can be used as a quick relief from stress and as an habitual response to ward off stress long-term.[12] Easily shown on our faces, stress can etch itself into wrinkle and frown lines permanently if we don't find constructive ways around it. Smiling helps to prevent you from looking exhausted or overwhelmed. When you're stressed, as well as finding ways to lessen the stressors, try to put on a smile. Smiling might not solve the problems (you'll need to tackle the sources distinctly) but it will increase your sense of well-being, and you will appear happy. Moreover, you signal to your brain that you're feeling better than the stress wants you to feel. This can quickly reduce your feelings of stress, and stops you from transferring your stress to others, who can take a more positive cue from you instead. It's a virtuous cycle––when others are happy, you'll become happier too, and so on. You may even start laughing, and then others might too. Aim to turn around the stress every time and end in smiles and laughter instead.      Smile to relieve stress.   Smile to relieve stress
  9. Smile for better health. It can feel hard to smile when you're feeling physically unwell, yet a smile can boost your immune system too by improving your general feelings of well-being.[1] Moreover, smiling has good effects on your blood pressure, reducing it considerably (which also helps reduce feelings of stress). [1] When you smile you become more relaxed, thus causing a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. And as already noted, smiling releases endorphins, your brain's natural pain relievers and serotonin.[1] When these two brain chemicals work together, they increase your tolerance to pain and help increase your feelings of well-being. For those who are really able to tap into this, the feeling can be better than pain-relieving drugs! And if this hasn't been enough to convince you of the health effects of a good smile, consider that smilers live an average of seven years longer than non-smilers![13] So smile every day! Obviously you need to exercise, eat right, and live a healthy lifestyle, in addition to smiling. The conviction that you'll longer can make you happier, because you believe that you have more years to be happy and to enjoy life.

Video

This video will teach you how to be happy, in addition to smiling.

Tips

  • Laugh. Laughing is contagious much like smiling,[3] so be sure to add laughter to your day. And share that laughter around––as Dr Sophie Scott, from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, says, "it’s absolutely true that ‘laugh and the whole world laughs with you’".[3]
  • Hugging also makes people happier when they're sad, because it gives of people a feeling of love, warmth, and security. Add some hugs to your smiles when seeking to cheer up a sad friend or family member.
  • Have a deep, meaningful conversation.
  • Have a deep, meaningful conversation.
  • Have regular deep and meaningful conversations to stay happy. A study by a psychologist at the University of Arizona has shown that spending less time participating in small talk and more time having deep, meaningful conversations can lead to an increased feeling of happiness.[14]
  • A smiler lightens up the room that they are in, changes the moods of others for the better, and makes things happy just by smiling, because of the fact that laughter and smiling are contagious. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you. [1]
  • Sidestep pretending to smile. People can see right through fake smiles as they always look forced. A real smile requires the eyes (a Duchenne smile). Read this article for help on how to smile authentically.
  • That's a smile-without the eyes!
  •  That's a smile-without the eyes!
  • If stuck in an awkward moment, smile! It will show that you can simply laugh things off, and that you don't take everything seriously.
  • Wear clothes that smile. Add to your positive body language the color of happiness:
    • Yellow is the color for dependability. A soft yellow is non-threatening and friendly. Warm colors from the yellow family are welcoming.
    • Golds, browns, golden-oranges, are all dependable colors of friendship. Blues are passive and calm colors.
    • In the visual language, soft blues project a serenity and quiet peacefulness.
    • Avoid reds that may come off as aggressive or threatening.

Warnings

  • A fake smile can make you look phony, nervous, or even dangerous, so don't just try to put on a smile without first practicing or putting yourself in a happy state of mind. You can spot a fake smile from a genuine (or Duchenne) smile––a fake smile is one where the corners of the mouth aren't turned up, or the mouth is solely smiling, with no change at all in the eyes. You'll know it when you see it as you pick up the subtle body language cues that confuse you as to the smiler's intention; and if it's you making the fake smile, check your emotions to know whether or not you mean the smile.
    • According to a recent study, faking happiness (and by implication perhaps smiles) may lead to sadness and depression.[15] Fake smiles have been shown to make your mood negative and cause you to procrastinate and withdraw from the tasks currently at hand. Women are generally more affected by putting on a brave face despite feeling terrible inside than men, as they're "more emotionally expressive" due to social norms, and cutting themselves off from this outlet can be very damaging emotionally.[16]
  • Do not smile to take advantage of people. If you're making someone do everything you ask just by smiling, stop. It's mean, and people will catch on and won't like you as much.
  • Be aware that even though smiling may keep you healthy and help prevent sickness, proper medical attention is mandatory, as well as taking constructive, active approaches to dealing with your everyday life problems. Smiling doesn't make things go away, it just makes it easier for you to improve your resilience to cope and do what needs doing.
  • Never smile in order to increase tolerance of relationship problems, as this can cover up the real problems and could result in a broken relationship or cause you depression.
  • Smiling every single time that you are frustrated may make people think that you are a push-over. As stated above, smiles are not meant to be used to ingratiate yourself or to hide your real feelings long-term.

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Sources and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mark Stibich, Ph.D., Top 10 Reasons to Smile, About.com http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongbeauty/tp/smiling.htm
  2. http://www.mangemonblog.com/3-easy-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression
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  4. Straight Dope: Why do sitcoms have laugh tracks?, http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2218/why-do-sitcoms-have-laugh-tracks
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  9. http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/lookyounger.shtml
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2. Laughter: (n) audible expression or appearance of happiness

3. Joy: (v) to make glad or happy 

4. Festive: (adj) offering fun and gaiety

5. Hopeful: (adj) having expectations & wishes; full of promise
 

 

 

 

 

 

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