Smiles are Contagious

Have you ever seen someone randomly smiling to themselves and then noticed that you are now smiling too? It’s nice to see that someone is having a nice thought, or that someone just made their day. Little things like that can really brighten up a moment. I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but try to smile a bit more, today…even if you’re not feeling it. It might be nice to let a memory or a thought take you to a place where you smile and the next person sees it causes a ripple effect.  Look around in the next public place you  visit, look at people’s smiles, and hopefully it will make you smile, too.

Forget the research done that proves that smiles are contagious, I think it’s proof enough that everyone has experienced it. Hopefully, just thinking about it makes you think off to nicer moments, regardless of the mood you’re in right now.  This reminded me of one of the great quotes by Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell in Elf), “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!”

Just a note: I’ve read that smiling makes a person more attractive, and helps them to keep a positive outlook…so those are just two extra good reasons to keep smiling! 😀

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Love Your Body

This is one of my favorite comics. I had it on my bulletin board all throughout college, and I just came across it the other day. This scenario is so true, but it’s also unfortunate. These girls are already afraid of what they will see on the scale, and they are so young. Don’t fight the scale, just don’t weigh yourself! At least that’s what I do! J The truth is, we need to learn to love our bodies.  Everybody is built differently, so we can never compare ourselves to others.  I know that is something that is hard for most women (and a lot of men, too). And, especially if you have kids, don’t let them grow up seeing you complain about what you see in the mirror or on the scale, it will affect their own body image as they grow up.

Look at your own body and accept yourself the way you are – whether you are pear shaped or hour-glass shaped, you’ve got big boobs or small boobs, big thighs or chicken legs, no butt or a big butt, or big build or a petite build. Just how will things change if we complain about them? It’s important to realize the benefits of our bodies and what we can do, instead of how our bodies look, and what is wrong with them. If your body parts are functional, then there is nothing wrong with them. I personally think that if I could appreciate my body more, I would take better care of it. And, the more you nurture your body, the more you will love it. After all, “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?” (Kobi Yamada). Your body is your home; maintain it, love it and care for it.

All the World’s a Stage

There is a great poem by William Shakespeare called “All the World’s a Stage,” and I really like the idea behind it. “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.”  So our world is a stage and we are the actors, and guess what – you’re the star of your own show! (And you never thought you’d be famous?) It’s okay to let it be all about you sometimes…this is your life, your show, your own mix of comedy, drama and romance.

Yes, we need to be sensitive to others and their feelings, but don’t let them overwhelm you. Many times I get stressed because I worry too much about someone else’s problem. I have to step back and realize that if it’s not my personal dilemma, I shouldn’t let it bring me down. Also, I tend to feel bad when I get upset about something minor that has affected me…yes, there are a lot of things that are worse in life, but it doesn’t change the way something makes you feel. A big deal to you or me may be insignificant in the big picture, but it’s our big deal! So don’t try to suppress your emotions or deny them. Feel the way you do so you can overcome it, and then you will shine – just like the star of the show.