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smile todayWas it a sleepy smile a you woke up, or an automatic smile as you bought your coffee at the station on your way to work? Did you smile as you helped your kids get dressed, or as you said goodbye to your partner as they left for work? Have you shared a smile with your colleagues, or your customers today?

Are you aware of your smile? Smiling brings benefits to brighten your day.
• A smile improves your appearance.
• A smile lets other people know that you’re open and willing to agree
• A smile create trust and rapport.
• A smile make you feel good.
• A smile makes other people feel good.
• A smile means your wrinkles are memories of smile lines.
• A smile attracts health, happiness, friends, success, and a longer life.

Can you recognize a genuine smile? People know a smile is genuine when it comes with a general glow, reaches and softens the eyes, and puts them at ease.

How do you generate a genuine smile?
• Think happy thoughts. Think about someone you care about, or about something that you genuinely love to do.
• Be genuine. – find one single thing in your heart that is positive about the person or situation before you, and use that to create your smile.
• Love people and life – Be grateful for all that you have and you’ll find smiles come far more naturally.
• Be playful – See life as an adventure, be gentle on yourself and watch children at play.

Practice smiling with your eyes by trying this exercise:
• Stand in front of a mirror and practice smiling, but concentrate only on your eyes. You may find it helpful to cover the lower part of your face with a piece of paper. Play around with it a bit, and you’ll find that you can make your mouth smile when your eyes aren’t smiling, and you can also smile only with your eyes. When your eyes do smile, remember how it feels, which muscles are working and how. With practice, you will discover how to smile with your eyes at will.