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Those were the days when you could travel to any island in the Caribbean, and be greeted with a genuine smile from a complete stranger. I’m guessing with energy prices and the cost of living is on a steady rise people don’t have much to smile about. Nowadays a simple smile is slowly turning into an art form.

We are all sensitive to this genuine scale, so why then is it that when we cross paths with a stranger or casual acquaintance in the line at the bank, we give them a fake smile? That ‘polite smile’. You know what I’m talking about (don’t get me wrong, I do this too, unconscious at supermarket, on streets, while waiting for something.).

In reality, there isn’t any art behind it. Just that you were born to be happy, and you can show this happiness with that beautiful smile of yours. C’mon! Let’s see it 😀 …Okay, that’s enough.

Here are some noticeable effects of externalizing your internal joy are:

People will be attracted to you – I don’t mean that in no sexual way (well, I can remember this time …), but people will feel drawn to your energy. When you smile more, you will carry an aura and poise that will draw people to you, and they will look forward to being around you, knowing only that they feel great around you.

Positive – You’ll feel more optimistic about yourself and the world.

Happiness & Joy – Like an upward spiral, a smile will boost the happiness you feel – an expression of happiness and joy in you.

Healthy – A smile can affect your internal state, which can have physiological impact on your physical and mental health.

Approachable – A smile is so welcoming and will make people feel more at ease.
Making Other People Happy – A smile is heart-warming and has the power to cheer up others and make them feel good about themselves instantly.

Smiles Are Contagious – Others can quickly and easily catch it and will experience the above ‘side effects’.

What makes you smile? Who made you smile today? Share your joy and happiness in a comment! 🙂

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When fatigue hits you, how do you wind down? Blogger Jonathan Fields of “Awake at the wheel” suggests ten ways to rejuvenate your body and mind. Refresh yourself by taking a midday power nap. Play games that require intense concentration. Write thing down is also a good idea. Listen to good music. Also, just take a break just to breathe:

The way you breath directly reflects your levels of stress. When we’re in high-alert, stressed states we tend to take faster, shallower breaths. In fact, this can become so exaggerated, it can lead to hyperventilation and even leave us unconscious. When we’re calm and relaxed, though, our breathing tends to be slower, deeper and less labored.

Jonathan’s advice is pretty sound and can certainly help to boost your brain. What techniques do you use to relax? Share them in the comments.


Top 10 Ways to Un-Bake Your Brain
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