Smiling is Contagious – Smile, Harry, Smile!
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
Recently I published Harry Jordan‘s “Itty-Bitty GIANT Step” and a great photo of a smiling Harry on my blog. Afterwards, we exchanged messages by Private Message on Facebook. I told him that I loved his smile. However, he told me that he rarely smiles and that his mother would be shocked to see this smiling photo of him.
Well, that was enough incentive for me to challenge Harry. I told him I would publish his smiling photos on my blog if he would send me five more. He did – including one of him AND his mom.
You can read our chat below.
Donna: I just love your smile.
Harry: I really don’t smile. My mom will be shocked.
Donna: Why will she be shocked?
Harry: ‘Cause I don’t smile.
Donna: Well, you SHOULD every minute. You smile with your eyes.
Harry: I don’t look at my pics – always mean – no real reason to smile.
Donna: Well, look at this pic, and maybe you can see a reason to smile.
Harry: I will try.
Donna: It made me smile, and it’s contagious. See how many people you can affect. Start with your mom.
Harry: If it can help ANYONE, I will smile.
Donna: Well, it helped ME!!!!! Pick your mom up and hug her and give her a BIG smile. Then let me know what she said.
Harry: And for that I will smile.
Donna: See … it’s working! Send me five NEW photos of you smiling, and I will publish them. Challenge is on.
Harry: Ha! Ha! Ha! Dang, now THAT is a challenge.
Did you know that smiling really is contagious? How many times have you walked down the street or through a store and someone, a stranger, smiled at you. What did you do? Chances are you smiled right back. It’s almost an automatic reaction. Did you know that smiling is healthy for you? It is! It releases neurotransmitters, like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. These hormones are produced in the brain and can help to relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Whoever thought that a smile could be your best medicine? Well, it’s certainly worth a try.
So, as we so often hear, “Turn that frown upside down!” and see how much better you feel. Harry did! Just look at all the photos of his wonderful smile. He makes me smile, and I hope he does you, too.
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