Lots of people walk through life trying to hide their depression. Some people with hidden depression can conceal their depression like pros, masking their symptoms and putting on a “happy face” for most others. —
Have you ever encountered problems that you cannot paint your face with a smile? Is it too heavy because your heart is drowning with pain or sorrow? Why do we need to smile? Take it from a famous saying, “Don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.” When one ponders the harsh realities and complexities of life, it is so easy to be depressed. The present global situation might be generally delicate as compared to previous generations but there are still humanitarian issues that need attention and focus on. With these problems in mind, plastering a smile on one’s face might be considered as a chore.
More Than A Smiling Face
Medically speaking, a smile is “a facial expression formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth,” (Freitas-Magalhaes, 2009). It is an expression signifying satisfaction, happiness, amusement, fun, and sociability factor of the person. A person who smiles a lot is much approachable compared to a person who does not move a muscle in the face. A smile provides favorable influence on others thus lowering down one’s guard towards initiating social interaction.
A day during which you’ve laughed is a day you haven’t wasted, no matter what else you’ve done. — Gina Barreca Ph.D.
A smile reflects a person’s moods and feelings. People smile when they are happy or whenever they find something funny and amusing, from the silliness, and when greeting someone as a courtesy but you know what, smiling in the most challenging times is considered an act of bravery. Even though difficulties, a person is still able to smile and give a genuine smile that defines the person’s resilience and beauty. A quote by Rashida Jones perfectly sums it up, “Smiling is one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.” Indeed.
Benefits Of Smiling
Some studies showed that smiling is an effective way to reduce stress. Your smile can heal mentally and emotionally. It can relax, release all the tensions and gives positive energy to continue with life. It’s a remarkable experience to drain away negativities and toxicities from work, people around you and even bad relationships. Learn to draw a curve line on your face despite these trials. In fact, there is such a thing as laughter yoga. It is defined as voluntary laughter done over a prolonged period. The basis of this practice is that spontaneous laughter and spontaneous laughter offer the same beneficial effects. Often, laughter yoga is done in groups under an environment of playfulness, jokes and lots of eye contact.
Play with the idea that if you want to increase happiness in your life and the lives of people around you, stop the glorification of busy and step into being encouraging of your good moments and the good moments of others. — Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
Happiness is an abstract and subjective concept. Many searches and aim for it but only a few reaches pure delight. Always choose to find joy even in simple things. Opt to smile. It can change you and the world around you. It makes an individual more attractive and creates a warm environment for others and higher chances of them smiling back at you. It will serve as encouragement for other people to look things in positive, rational and constructive ways like what you are personally projecting. A smile will not make only an individual beautiful physically, but a model of the positive environment. Thus, spread the love and laugh. It’s contagious. Infect your family, colleagues, and friend with an infectious smile.