By Christopher Simon
Smile! It WIll Make You and Others Happy!
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. ~Proverbs 15:30
There is a very interesting psychology experiment where you trick people into either smiling or frowning without their knowing it (by telling them to hold a pencil either in their teeth, to make them smile, or with their pursed lips, to make them frown), and while they hold that facial position you tell them a joke. Those who are holding the smile usually rate the joke as being funnier, presumably because they are already halfway laughing to start with. The moral of the experiment, if experiments can be said to have a moral, is that our bodies often take the lead in making us feel happy or sad, or calm or anxious.
Droopy, lackadaisical posture will make you feel defeated while standing up tall and strong will make you feel like a winner. So smile, even when you don’t feel much like smiling, or perhaps especially when you don’t feel much like smiling.
And an added benefit to smiling is that it tends to spread the happiness. Have an attitude and a countenance that is worth catching.