Practice the Habit of Smiling on Purpose!

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I once did an Internet search on how many studies have been done on sadness and depression. The number was about 40,000. Then I did a search for studies on happiness. About 40 popped up. Wow, I thought out loud as I smiled and then said to myself, it’s almost like we all need to smile on purpose.

Now, I can already hear some of you saying, “Well, what if I don’t feel like smiling? What do you want me to do? Fake it?” Well, I believe that if we make ourselves smile on purpose, or even force ourselves to fake that smile, then we have done something positive instead of negative in that moment.  Furthermore, we may also improve the value of our faces and ourselves. Remember, nobody wants to be around, someone who is wearing a frown.

In addition, not only will we be making this world a better place, with our purposeful smiling and encouraging more happiness and less sadness studies, but we will actually use fewer facial muscles by smiling versus frowning. That’s right my young, good-looking folks, using fewer facial muscles will help us keep a younger looking face that hopefully will never be scarred by the lines of hardness and depression.

Furthermore, not only does smiling on purpose help our face value and make us more attractive to others, but also it helps our whole body. Smiling causes the release of the feel-good neurotransmitters, dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin from our brains, which then run joyously without a care in the world through our perky little bodies. As a side benefit, this sort of joyfulness within us tends to also improve our social lives, and even get us an occasional date. Now that’s something to smile about, isn’t it?

Now please share with the rest of us how you plan to use Granddaddy’s secret of,  ”Practicing the habit of smiling on purpose!”


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

Author of the Granddaddy’s Secrets book series