Home Dear Femmes, Have you smiled today? It is a simple question, but really, think about it: Did I smile today? Genuinely? If you did: good job! If you did not, let’s work on that! The Huffington Post lists 11 reasons why you should smile every day: Smiling can improve your mood: By enhancing positive emotions with facial expressions (= smiling), your mood aligns more strongly with the emotion your face is expressing; Even fake smiles do the trick: A forced smile can still make you feel happy, even when your existing mood and surroundings suggest otherwise; Smiling helps reduce stress; Smiling makes you more approachable; A smile makes you seem more trustworthy: From a psychological perspective, a person who is smiling appears more trustworthy than a person who is either frowning or holding a neutral expression; Smiling retrains your brain for the better: While the brain is naturally inclined to think in negative terms as a defense mechanism, the habitual act of smiling helps the mind move to a more positive space and remain there longer the more you do it; Smiles are contagious: According to neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni, we all posses something called mirror neurons, which are cells that are activated when we perform a given action as well as when we witness someone else performing it. And when it comes to smiling, mirror neurons respond to the acts of both seeing and doing; Smiles may strengthen the body on a cellular level: When we smile, we reduce the rigidness of our cells, and this physical relaxation can help combat the risk of stress-induced cell mutations that can lead to the development or persistence of various cancers; Smiling boosts your productivity: In 2010, a team of economic researchers found that happiness has a significant effect on productivity in the workplace; Smiling makes you more creative: A 2013 study from the University of California, San Francisco found that people that were happier had a more comprehensive approach to problems, improving their ability to think of more solutions than their negative-minded counterparts; Smiles are free! If that does not convince you, I am not sure… no actually, I am sure it did! :) Do not be afraid to smile I often have people ask me why I smile so much. And yes, I smile a lot. My answer is, I do not have a reason not to smile! I sincerely believe there is no such thing as smiling too much. Smile all you want! It is a blessing to be able to smile and to have a reason to smile. There is always a reason No matter how much you are drowning in stress or how unhappy you are with a certain situation, there is always something to be grateful about. Can you see? Can you walk? Can you hear? Do you have family? Do you have a roof above your head? There! You already have five reasons for smiling today. ;)