I have never had a problem driving in the snow, but driving in the pouring rain at night, that can be a bit stressful!… especially with my Mom sitting next to me, holding on for dear life.
Sensing a diversion was necessary, I said to her… “Mom, just smile.” We both smiled, and instantly we relaxed and were even laughing about, well, everything!
I tossed and turned and finally decided to get out of bed and do something. It was 4 am and it frustrated me, so I decided to smile;) Then my research began. I remembered having my hormones tested years ago, and the Doctor saying she couldn’t believe how happy I seemed as low as my hormone level was( I believe it was serotonin levels) I have always been easy going, peacemaking, free spirited, etc., so have always been aware that when I frown, I droop, and that is not acceptable!
A brief counseling session at church ,for depression, made me aware of my ‘countenance’ . According to Merriam Webster dictionary, it is a look, expression, composure as an indication of mood, emotion, or character. Proverbs 15:13 states….a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. Sounds to me like a smile could have been somewhat helpful to my woes back then!
Again, from Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of a smile is…1. A facial expression in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward and which expresses especially amusement, pleasure, approval, or sometimes, scorn. 2. A pleasant or encouraging appearance.
Ah! The eyes brighten! Another reason to smile:) I have been noticing as I age, the eyes are looking tired, so I must smile more to remind myself I am “forever 42”! In “The Truth behind the Most Powerful Human Gesture:Smiling” by Susanna Halonen from Happyologist Website, practicing smiling has many benefits. Amongst them, when you smile with your eyes, the muscles around your eyes are activated. So flex those muscles , and just Smile;)