Did you know that smiling will make you instantly feel better? Yes, it is a scientific fact! So, all you need to do to feel better is smile. I am going to explain the science behind your smile and give some tips to practice and get better at wearing one.

"A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks!" - Charles Gordy

Smiling is free! However, it is not necessarily easy for everyone to do. You can argue the reasons for a persons difficulties in smiling and feeling good, however, know that there are some genetic factors, environmental factors and learned behaviors in the process. Also, know that it doesn't matter, because now it is your habitual way of being. Once you develop a habit, even if it is mental or physical, it takes practice and conscious awareness to change it. So, even though smiling is free and will quickly change your mood, you are going to need to make sure you do it regularly and practice it.

It is a scientific fact that if you force yourself to smile it will change your mood. It raises endorphin levels in your brain and makes you believe that your mood has improved. Just as your attitude and perception are under your control, so too is your ability to smile and you can smile by simply choosing to do so. Smiling can combat frustration and feelings of sadness. It also reduces stress and strengthens your immune system. Go ahead, try it! Smile and feel what happens.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around!" - Leo F. Busqualia


- Stop
- Think
- Smile
- Enjoy

Be in the present, do this by stopping and thinking. From time-to-time during your daily routine, stop and think, if you aren't smiling then smile! When you smile let those endorphins improve your mood and enjoy your experience. When I do this, I just take a deep breath and let this positive feeling spread over my body.

Since smiling more often and through out your day may be new to you, then you will need to practice. You will do this by stopping what you are doing, thinking about what you are doing, making yourself smile and then enjoying the feelings associated with your smile. If you are uncomfortable with your smile, then practice it often and do it alone, until you get used to wearing it. You can even practice by looking at yourself in the mirror and smiling. Once you get more comfortable with the process share it, smiling has been called the universal sign of kindness. It is also infectious and you usually get one in response!

Author's Bio: 

Terry M. Drake, LSW, NBCCH
Author of Live Happily, Ever After... Now! 9 Simple Steps to create the life YOU want!
Terry M. Drake is a Licensed Social Worker, National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Trainer of Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP. He has spent the last 10 years learning about himself and others, through his academic studies resulting in his MSW and his professional studies, as a family therapist, clinical supervisor and vast training and research into hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, the law of attraction and positive psychology. Terry is now ready to put these skills to use as an author, speaker, consultant and coach. Terry lives in Wellsboro, Pa with his wife and children.

Learn more at: http://www.livehappilyeverafter-now.com