Ignite a Smile – Change the World

  • A smile shares a piece of the giver and you give something in return. Something too simple yet brimming in hope!
  • Your smile serves as a barometer for what is inside you.
  • Don't let the world change your smile, let your smile change the World.

What is a smile? The longest word in the English Language is “smiles” because there is a mile between the first “’s” and the last “s.” Of course, I am kidding 😉 A smile can capture and hold you like nothing else can. When you see a smile, unconsciously you grab hold of it, believing in the moment it gives, in the reason that it’s given. It shares a piece of the giver and you give something in return. Something too simple yet brimming in hope!

Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), commonly known as Mother Teresa and honored in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary.

Mother Teresa said, “Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”

Smiling is the best nonverbal way to express your feelings. An impassive expression may be an asset to a good poker player but it is a barrier to effective communication. Your smile communicates your attitude, feeling and emotion more clearly than any other gesture. It is most powerful!

The Mayo Clinic reports that laughter causes your body to release its own natural painkillers. A 2012 study found that social laughter increases your pain threshold, creating a higher pain tolerance. So, if you are in pain due to an injury, illness or chronic disease, watch a funny movie, attend a comedy show or hang out with friends and family who make you smile.

Your smile serves as a barometer for what is inside you. People watch your face for clues about your sincerity, your attitude toward your message and your earnestness. If a friend were to smile warmly at you and say, “you are crazy,” would you feel insulted? Probably not, in fact you might even take it as a sign of endearment.

The key to conveying friendliness is remembering to smile. Make everyone you meet feel important, establish a sense of personal connection. In Spanish, smiling is sonrisa, which sounds like sunrise. The rising of a warm and beautiful, genuine smile!

I still remember reading somewhere that the “broader one’s grin and the deeper the creases around one’s eyes when one smiles, the longer one is likely to live.”

Mark Stibich, a PHD consultant at Columbia University says that smiling acts as a stress relief. “When you are stressed a number of thing happen to your body,” he says. “Your pulse rate shoots up, your digestive system shuts down, your blood sugar levels increase. But two things also happen that you have voluntary control over – your breathing becomes shallower and faster and facial expressions kick in. If you can slow  your breathing down and change your expression, you maybe able to turn around the stress cascade.”

One of my favorite quote is:

Don’t let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world.” –Anonymous.

In the words of Octavia Spencer, “You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfill your own dreams and destiny, and hope that whatever your art is that you are putting out there, if it is received, great. I respect you for receiving it. If it is not received, great, I respect you for not.” You don’t have to impress people and try to fit in. You don’t have to pretend to be someone. Remember it is your smile and someone else’s smile.

A smile is formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a Duchenne smile.

Do what makes you happy and what pleases you. As long as you are doing the right things with a good heart, that’s all that really matters. Don’t let negativity destroy your morale. Spark a smile and ignite positive energy. A smile is a flashlight that lights the society.

Life is all about the experiences you make. Make and cherish experiences, see the true color of life. Learn the truth about life. Do you know the Buddha Smile? One of the most iconic images of Buddhism is surely that of Buddha sitting silently under a tree, with his eyes half-close, while beaming the most beautiful, kind and understanding smile ever. So enduring is this depiction of deep peace and composure, that the Buddha, be it in the form of statue or picture, it is the most reproduced image in the World. It is appreciated not only by Buddhists, but people from various cultural walks of life– to the extent that Buddha images have become home décor must-haves for many!

The Buddha smiles because he has made peace, not only with himself, but with the rest of the world too. What the eternally seated Buddha represents is the state of Enlightened Bliss that the Buddha abides in– even as he does his best, which is whatever is necessary in the moment, to guide beings to the same enlightenment! (synonymous with True Happiness).

So, remember to turn that frown upside down. ;))

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Madhavi Vudayagiri

Writing and reading has always been my hobby. I would never buy a greeting card to wish a family member or a close friend, instead I would compose a poem highlighting their qualities and greet them. Having been in the field of teaching, studying people is what I do best. Creative writing is my forte, in order to hone my creative gene, I acquired a diploma in creative writing. I love to probe people's minds and try and understand their thought process. This website seems to be just what I am looking for!


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