Smile Meditation – Day 3 Have you ever woken up in the morning to stressful thoughts about the day ahead which lead to a sour mood which then leads to obstacles great and small that seem to turn your whole day into a wretched mess? We all have. And then… someone graces you with a beautiful smile and everything about your day changes. In fact, you find yourself spontaneously smiling back and suddenly the drama diminishes. Could it be that smiles are contagious? Magical? In fact, they are. Contagious, magical, and transformative. A smile has the potential to change any situation.
Smiles actually stimulate the release of “feel good” neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. This relaxes your body, which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. You become more receptive, thanks to your body’s own chemistry.
When you smile at someone, it activates their orbitofrontal cortex which is the region of the brain that processes sensory rewards. This is why we naturally appreciate a genuine smile.
Smiling is magnetic. People are more attracted to a smiling face than a neutral or frowning face. Our facial muscles are designed to allow us to smile with ease… and it shows. A frown takes effort… and many more muscles to execute. It also takes a conscious effort not to smile back when someone offers you a smile. Smiles put us in direct relation with one another. They confirm our innate interconnectedness.
Now take all of that information and apply it to smiling with your own inner-being. Yes! Let’s meditate.
Meditation Podcast: Smile – Day 3