Put on a Smiley Face

A cheerful disposition
is good for your health.
  —Proverbs 17:22

I have no idea who Aunt Milda is, but someone forwarded me a copy of her blog where she said it takes twenty-six muscles to smile and sixty-two to frown. She also claimed researchers have proved that “when we smile it releases brain chemicals called endorphins which have an actual physiological relaxing effect.”

I’ll leave the accuracy of those claims to others. What you and I both know is that facial expressions transmit a packet of information that is received and read—and that recipients usually respond in kind. A smile needs no interpreter; it’s the same in every language and is viewed across cultural lines as a sign of friendliness.

“A cheerful disposition is good for your health,” and a sourpuss is a sorry ambassador for Christ. So turn that frown upside down.

You’re not well-dressed
until you put on a smile.

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