The power of a smile

The power of a smile
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Many see smiling simply as an involuntary response to things that bring you joy or laughter. While this observation is certainly true, what most people overlook is that smiling can be just as much a voluntary response as a conscious and powerful choice. Countless scientific studies have confirmed that a genuine smile is generally considered attractive to others around us. Other studies have shed light on how the act of smiling can elevate your mood and the mood of those around you. Still. others have found a strong link between good health, longevity, and smiling. Most importantly, studies have shown​ that just the act of smiling (making the physical facial shapes and movements), whether the result of real joy or an act, can have both short- and long-term benefits on people's health and wellbeing.
Still not convinced? Here are the top 10 reasons you should make a conscious effort to smile every day.

Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are naturally drawn to people who smile. There is a real physical attraction factor linked to the act of smiling. Not surprisingly, more severe or negative facial expressions like frowns, scowls, and grimaces actually work in the opposite manner, effectively pushing people away. Instead, use the attraction power of your smile to draw people in.

Stress can permeate our entire being, and can really show up in our faces. Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed but can actually help reduce stress. Believe it or not, smiling can reduce stress even if you don't feel like smiling or even know that you're smiling! When you are stressed, take the time to put on a smile. You and those around you will reap the benefits.

Smiling Elevates Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you elevate your mood because the physical act of smiling actually activates neural messaging in your brain. A simple smile can trigger the release of neural communication boosting neuropeptides as well as mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Think of smiling like a natural anti-depressant.

Smiling Is Contagious
How many smiles have been described as having the power to lighten up the room? While it is certainly a beautiful sentiment, it carries a hint of truth. Smiling not only has the power to elevate your mood, but it can also change the moods of others and make things happier.
The part of your brain that is responsible for your controlling the facial expression of smiling is an unconscious automatic response area. Meaning that smiling can be completely unconscious, particularly when it comes to our habit of mimicking another person's smile. Yes, it is scientifically proven that smiles are "contagious!"

Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling can also boost your overall health. The act of smiling actually helps the human immune system to function more effectively. It is thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (thanks to the release of certain neurotransmitters). In addition to taking precautions like washing your hands, why not try to prevent the cold and flu by smiling?

Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

Smiling Makes Us Feel Good
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together these three neurotransmitters make us feel good from head to toe. Not only do these natural chemicals elevate your mood, but they also relax your body and reduce physical pain. Smiling is a natural drug.

Smiling Makes You Look Younger
Not only can smiling make you more attractive, it can also make you look more youthful. The muscles we use to smile also lift the face, making a person appear younger. So instead of opting for a facelift, just try smiling your way through the day — you'll look younger and feel better.

Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Studies have shown that people who smile regularly appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and are more likely to be approached. Try putting on a smile at meetings and business appointments. You might find that people react to you differently.

Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard, isn't it? Even when a smile feels unnatural or forced, it still sends the brain and ultimately the rest of our body the message that "Life is Good!" Stay away from depression, stress, and worry by smiling.
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 The article was posted by: Mark Stibich
 Original title: Top 10 Reasons You Should Smile Every Day

How to be stronger

How to be stronger

Weakness, emotional strength and life problems
If you want to become strong in the face of life problems then you must first understand the thing that makes you weak for if you managed to get rid of your weaknesses you will become a strong person.
Here are the main factors that make people weak in the face of life problems
  • Strength and Attachment: The more you become attached to something the weaker you become. Don't get me wrong, i am not asking you to give up your dreams or goals but what i am trying to say is that when you find one road blocked you must be strong enough to let go of it and to look for another road. One of the main reasons most people are not strong when it comes to relationships is the attachment they develop. In my book How to get over anyone in few days I explained that the main reason people don't recover from breakups quickly is the extreme attachment they develop towards their relationships. Once those people get rid of this attachment they become strong and find that letting go became an easy task
  • Strength and knowledge: Most people don't understand that one of the most powerful things that can make them strong in the face of adversity and life problems is knowledge. Think about if for a minute, don't you notice that the reason most people feel helpless is that they don't know what to do?? The more you know about life, the more skills you have and the more tricks you can do the more powerful you will become in the face of life problems. Depression itself can be the result of lack of knowledge. Depression is nothing more than a state of loss of hope a person reaches when he finds no other way to get what he really wanted. Knowledge is power, that's one of the most true statements you will come across
  • Strength and courage: There is no doubt that in order to be strong in life you need to be brave but i am not talking about the type of courage that lets you stand your ground in a fight. I am talking about the kind of courage that would prevent you from escaping to bad habits, drugs, over eating, sleeping, smoking or even a relationship instead of facing your problems. Weak people are the ones who run from their problems while strong ones are the ones who face their life problems as soon as they encounter them
  • Your belief system: That's one of the most powerful factors that can either make you really strong in life or can make you the weakest person on the planet. A single limiting belief such as life in unfair or i am a loser can turn the strongest person alive to the weakest person who ever existed
How to be strong in the face of life adversity
Now that you understood the previous facts its time to come up with a plan that can help you be strong in the face of life adversity.
When you face tough times or big problems the following is a great action plan that can help you move forward and become strong:
  • Let go: A weak person becomes attached to his past and unable to move on while a real strong person decides to let go and to find another way to get what he wants or even a better alternative
  • Educate yourself: Each and every new problem you face might require some additional knowledge that you don't currently posses. In order to be really strong in life you need to be able to acquire the right knowledge you need to solve your problems
  • Fix your belief system: Once you believe you can do something nothing can stop you but the problem is that you will never be able to have such a belief before you get rid of the other limiting beliefs you have in your mind
  • Don't run: You can never become strong if you run from your problems. Don't fall prey to self deception because sometimes your mind will provide you with an escapement method that is so stealth to be noticed in order to help you escape without feeling guilty. For example some people who fear social life start to develop internet addiction not because they like the internet but because it helps them find an excuse to escape from their problems without feeling bad
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 The article was posted by: M.Farouk Radwan
 Original title: How to be strong in life

Good decision vs Right decision

Good decision vs Right decision

Never ever take good decision in life.
Good decision: You take a decision based on what you feel good, look good, taste good, etc. It is self pleasure / benefit centric and always favorable to you.
Right decision: You take a call based on what is right. The decision may bring bitterness to you, may not favorable to you… But it is right from morale, law/order, third person’s point of view…
Another important difference is, A decision can be good based on time, mood, point of view, context, environment, etc. It varies time to time and based on who takes and under what circumstances….
Whereas right decision will always be the same irrespective of whatever factors… It should be constant for the given scenario.
Always take right decision which may be good or not for the short term, but it will always be GOOD for long term. So, right decision will always be good…
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 The article was posted by: Product Plan
 Original title: What's the difference between a good decision and the right decision?

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