A Reason to Smile Today

A Reason to Smile Today...

Comedian George Burns said that he was advised: “Let a smile be your umbrella.” He said, “I tried that once. I had pneumonia for six weeks and shrunk a $450 suit.”

A Reason to Smile Today:

All right. Maybe it won’t keep you dry in the rain, but there are other good reasons to smile. It’s said that it requires more muscles to frown than to smile, and who wants to overwork their facial muscles?

Smiling also puts others at ease and helps establish instant rapport. And if that isn’t enough, when you smile it releases endorphins in your brain and gives you a feeling of well-being and contentment. So if you smile when you don’t feel like it, you’ll soon be smiling just because it feels so good.

Here are a few more reasons to smile:

  • Smiling is a universal language that everyone knows.
  • People will enjoy being around you when you smile.
  • Smiling reduces stress, which may improve your overall health.
  • Smiling will change the sound qualities of your voice when you speak or sing.
  • A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive it, without making poorer those who give.
  • When you smile at a stranger, you just might change a life.
  • It takes only a moment, but the memory of it lingers far after the moment has passed.
  • A smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
  • And finally, some people are too emotionally drained to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile so much as one who has no more to give.

Why not give out a few extra smiles today – and be prepared to get some back. ~ via Steve Goodier www.lifesupportsystem.com

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     Your attempt may fail but never fail to make an attempt!

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” My friend was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

How many of us are being held back by old, outdated beliefs that no longer serve us? How many of us have avoided trying something new because of a limiting belief? Worse, how many of us are being held back by someone else’s limiting beliefs?

Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve!
CHOOSE not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past.