is National Share a Smile Month
is also National Stress Awareness Month.
Interesting how those two ended up in the same time frame
… could it be that there is a direct link?
you stop to think about it, if you are offering someone
a smile your whole body really is more relaxed. You are
feeling better about yourself. That might be in part due
to the fact that it takes far fewer muscles to put a smile
on your face that it does to frown.
smile, like a hug (but that is another whole subject),
is one of those things that is not any good until you
give it away. And while you are giving one away and benefiting
your own body's stress you are also reducing the stress
of the individual that is lucky enough to be the recipient
of your smile. Sounds like a Win-Win to me.
addition to giving out smiles, have you given any thought
to how you might put a “smile” in all that you do during
a day. We all have things that we must accomplish -- some
of which we like better than others. If you can make those
“icky” tasks more fun it will take you less time and energy
to accomplish them.
might want to use colored paper, files or pens to do your
task (using color, by the way, will allow you to find
things 40% faster). Maybe the timing of a task could make
a difference. If you did those “icky” things first and
got them out of the way so you had only the “good” tasks
to which to look forward. Doing it the other way around
only weighs you down as you are dreading all those “icky”
things. Maybe it is alternating the “good” and the “icky”.
at your day – how can you have more fun with it?