Learn to Smile More for Health, Happiness, and Longevity

Happiness not only makes life more pleasant, but can lead to better health, well-being, and longevity. To make the most of life and get started, give the smiling skills outlined below a try for one week. Consider it a one-week smiling experiment. If you commit to following these simple steps for smiling more, you will[…]

The Power of a Smile

As photos from my adolescent years will attest, I’ve never been one for smiling on cue. I’ve gotten better at expressing the smile within, but in too many photos, I look like I’m having only the smallest amount of fun. Nevertheless, research keeps showing the interesting effects surrounding a simple smile.   Before we jump[…]

Eight Habits of Considerate People

Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” It’s true. Being kind and considerate softens people and makes them malleable to your way of thinking.   But I see another meaning there, too. I think he’s also saying that being considerate of others is an integral part of[…]

How Laughter Brings Us Together

New research suggests that people who laugh together like each other more.   Victor Borge once wrote, “Laughter is the closest distance between two people.” Many of us would probably agree that laughter brings us closer to others, whether we’re joking with our spouse or laughing with an audience at a comedy club.   Yet[…]

11 Facts About Smiling

You have probably heard that it takes fewer muscles when smiling than when frowning, so why not smile? Although the exact amount of muscles needed to smile or frown is not quite agreed upon, there are many reasons to smile each day. Here are some reasons to turn that frown upside down as well as[…]