Monday, November 28, 2011

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Do You Want to Have a Better Life?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     Researchers have found that if you smile more, you will have a better life. “Smiling can have a profound effect on your life, and the more intense the smiling is, the better.”

    An article in this week's edition of Psychology Today states that a number of studies have indicated that your facial features may reflect your chances of future happiness.

     The first study showed that the more the girls smiled as seniors in High School the greater were the odds that they would marry and be happy with their life.

     The second study showed how pictures of someone smiling at a young age predicted lower divorce rates later in life, better social relationships, and even a longer lifespan.

     The results showed that women tended to smile more and with more intensity than men, and that for both men and women, smile intensity was a good predictor of future life satisfaction.

     It is not entirely clear from the study if smiling itself causes all these positive effects, but studies have shown that even if people are forced to smile, they feel happier, and that smiling changes their emotional state.

     They say that it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown. So, take it easy. Smile. ;~)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read some mussar that said similar things regarding smiling. So I started smiling when I talk to people, when I'm grocery shopping or driving, whatever I'm doing. When I'm alone at home I smile and when I'm not I remind myself to smile. Now and then the yetzer will try to intervene and call me a phony-that I have nothing to smile about and try to get under my skin. I talk to the yetzer and tell it I am not going to listen. I think of good things. It's so much better than a furrowed brow and a frown. How can I be grateful and joyful if my face says something else?

Anonymous said...

Today I smiled for a reason, when I received from Jerusalem the book "Taming the raging" written by R.Locks.

And I'll be smiling while reading it in the subway tomorrow morning.

:-)

David.

Yishai said...

Anonymous David: that's a good book for sure, but if you haven't read Reb Locks' autobiography Coming Down to Earth, you should. You will not only smile but laugh! It is very funny.

"Receive each person with a cheerful countenance" (in other words, smile at everybody). Rav Shammai, in Pirkei Avot.

"With happiness you can give another person life!

There are people who suffer terrible pain but cannot express what is in their heart. They would like to speak about their suffering but they have no one to whom they can explain what is really in their heart. This leaves them full of pain and anguish.

When you come to such a person with a smiling face, you can literally give that person life. To give a person life is not an empty gesture. It is something very great." (Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Sichot Haran #43)

If these teachings were disseminated widely, I think Israelis would no longer have a reputation for rudeness.

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