In a world full of reasons to brood and be upset about, there is only one thing that can bring in some hope. A wide, bright SMILE.

Mother Teresa once said, "Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing!" It is so true. Even when you are having a bad day or things aren't going the way you want them to, a simple smile, even from someone whom you may not know, can actually make your day better. Especially when it comes from little children! Probably because children have the most honest and innocent smiles. They strike a chord immediately.

Such a simple thing and yet it has an effect that can turn your entire day around. And yet we are such sticklers when it comes to showing our teeth (literally)! It almost seems like we don't smile because it requires effort! So, today I am going to list down some of the best reasons for you to smile!

Here you go:

1. Smiling requires less effort than frowning!

Not kidding! You probably learned in school. But just in case, let me refresh your memory. It takes fewer muscles to smile, than it does to frown. Many scientific theories have lately discounted this fact, but the truth is, why believe them?!

As far as I am concerned, smiling requires less effort, since you don't have any mental stress or worry when you smile. Whereas if you are frowning, you obviously are discontent with something!

2. Makes you look good

If you've paid attention, you must have noticed. Even someone who doesn't have the whole Greek God look, can end up looking pretty fine with a smile! When you smile your face automatically brightens up. Your demeanour changes and you start spreading this happy vibe around you.

A study showed, that people with smiling faces are 80% more likely to have a positive impact, on the people around them. So be it a business meeting or a date, a gorgeous smile is your secret weapon to success!

So irrespective of what you don't wear, Do wear a Smile.

3. Smiling is contagious!

When you smile, you automatically trigger a connection with the person you are smiling at. That person, whoever they maybe, is then almost psychologically forced to smile. And just like a domino effect, smiles keep passing on. So that's one contagious thing that you can happily spread everywhere!

4. Good first impression

Interview tip 101. Always greet people with a smile. Even if you meet them for the first and the last time. A smile is absolutely essential. When you smile on entering a room or meeting someone, you have a great first impression. You spread this positive aura and people feel this natural affinity to you. They may even take special note of your pleasant approach and remember you in future exchanges.

This helps a lot, especially if the person in front is someone who is influential and can be of some help to you in the future. They will remember you by face, even if they forget your name! And even if that person is nobody important to you, it's always nice to have a familiar face around when you are in a crowd.

5. Fights Wrinkles!!!

If you've ever wanted to grow old with as few wrinkles as possible, SMILE! When you smile, the creases on your forehead automatically even out and you have lesser chance of having fine lines and wrinkles as you age.

Conversely, when you frown too much, your forehead creases too often and the number of lines on your forehead and around your lips increase.
So avoid the frown and adopt the smile!

What more could you want?? Free treatment for wrinkles! So kick the anti-aging creams and smile it out. Now that you know about all the benefits, you can find the motivation to go ahead and try smiling more.

To add to this, if you need reasons to keep smiling, here are a few:

• You're alive and well
• You have beautiful people who love you so much!
• Life is full of unexplored opportunities and you get to go on an adventure every single day.
• Yesterday is over, but there is a brighter tomorrow waiting to be embraced.
• You have a face. You have a responsibility to make it look amazing. So, Smile!
• Smile because you can. Because you feel like it and that's one thing you can do free of cost!

I hope that you're smiling now and you always keep smiling!

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Author's Bio: 

My name is Vaidehi Vihari. I am a regular girl, living the twentysomething life. I am a student of everything there is to learn. Spreading happiness one word at a time.