What Can You Do With A Smile?
I was always wondering if ancient ppl smiled.. and then I took a photograph from an ancient sphynx (located at Athens Airport) and I noticed that .. some of the ancient statues did have a smile on their face!
You can see here more information and more images of Archaic Smiles.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaic_smile
Some people believe that smile first appeared in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Some speculate that it was used to depict happiness but according to other sources, it referred to a kiss.
In modern times, though, there have been many theories as to its origins and meaning.
The word smile has been around for thousands of years. Early writings used it as an adjective; this is why it found its way into expressions like "smile and be quick"
The word “smile” first appears in English in the 13th century. It was originally spelled with a silent “g” and meant “to smile widely,” but by the 16th century, its spelling had changed to something closer to modern usage.
Let's move on to the most interesting stuff about our everyday life.
We walk in a busy street. We have to walk quickly and we do it without taking any look of what is around us. We keep our eyes focused forward, our lips slightly put together, almost biting them. Thinking; will we make it in time for the bus?
Where is our smile? Why don't people around us smile? Are they also in a hurry? Are they sad/angry?
According to the dictionary: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/smiled
verb (used without object), smiled, smil·ing.
to assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement, but sometimes derision or scorn, characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth.
to regard with favor:Luck smiled on us that night
Did you know that smiling is linked to a number of health benefits? The more you smile, the better your physical health and mood will be.
Smiling can help reduce stress, improve concentration and enhance memory.
It can also help promote better relationships with others and bring on happiness. Plus, studies show that smiling can lead to improved self-esteem and greater empathy for others.
In fact, a study from San Francisco University showed that people who smiled frequently were more likely to feel better about themselves than those who didn't smile as much.
Smiling is also contagious! (like yawning!)
Did you know that when you force yourself to smile, you can actually trick your brain into releasing the happiness chemical, endorphins? This makes you feel happier and more energized.
Smiling is good for you. It's fun, simple and easy.
Let's practice it daily and let it become a habit - for our own health and well being!
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