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smiling mindfully

“A smile is the beginning of peace.”

Driving the other day I saw this saying on a sign of a local roofing company that always posts different quotes/sayings. I thought this to be a serendipitous sighting that fit nicely with my life lately. Many of the books that I’ve picked up to read recently focus on mediation and mindfulness, and many of the exercises within these books incorporate the act of smiling.

“A smile is the
beginning of peace.”

IIt is amazing how this act of a simple smile can help bring a sense of peacefulness inside yourself. I have found this especially useful when life’s stresses start seeping in or when my passionate and very spirited seven-year-old challenges me (yes, I’m trying to be positive here). FYI–this also works for situations with other individuals you may come across, such as judgmental, nay-sayer adults. While it is not always easy to “put on a happy face,” I have found that just breathing and thinking of this word “smile” can start a domino effect that brings you back to being more present and mindful, along with filling you with a positive sensation inside.

Try it. Stop. Take a breath in and as you exhale say to yourself the word “smile.” When you think of this word you find that the corners of your lips start moving upward and a smile slowly emerges on your face, and that your face, your muscles, and all your insides just start feeling soft and relaxed and, well, peaceful. It feels good.


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