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Hey You, SMILE!!

October 15, 2013

Written by Marykate O’Malley. mother of three wonderful children, Gladwyne PA


Yes, YOU! The powerful smile….


  • Kids smile 400 times a day. Adults? 20


  • 72% of laughter comes from social interaction, the rest a combo of media and joke telling


  • We begin to smile in the womb


  • Smiling releases endorphins and reduces stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol


  • Studies show that people who smile appear to be more courteous and happy AND competent in the eyes of others


  • Smiling boosts your immune system, probably because you are more relaxed


  • It lowers your blood pressure


And smiling wisdom:

Because your never fully dressed without a smile! Orphan Annie


Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Dr. Suess


If you are upside down and you frown, it looks like a smile. (my youngest)


The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine


After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer. William Alger (love this one – love that it is our duty to be of good cheer.)

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. Andy Rooney (love this one too)


A gentle word, a kind look, a good natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. William Hazlitt (powerful smile!)


Always keep you smile. That’s how I explain my long life. Jeanne Calment (my son loves this one)


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 Buscaglia


A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. – William Arthur (so true)


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. ― Thich Nhat Hanh


Everytime you smile at someone, it is a beautiful thing




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