World Smile Day
Celebrating the Smile
One of the things we miss most in our new, masked world is the smile. That spontaneous moment of shared humanity, when our eyes meet with a stranger’s and we exchange a simple, friendly acknowledgment of each other.
Children innately understand this! There is research indicating that a child smiles an average of 400 times per day, whereas (happy) adults average 40-50 times per day (even fewer for unhappy adults). When you consider how good it feels to witness an authentic smile, it’s easy to understand why there is a World Smile Day — which just happens to be today, October 1, 2021.
Health Benefits of Smiling
The feel-good benefits of smiling extend to our health. Studies show that smiling helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide many benefits, including:
- Reduced pain
- Increased endurance
- Healthy blood pressure
- Strengthened immune system
- Decreased stress
- Increased longevity
How We’re Celebrating World Smile Day
Giving someone a reason to smile is a precious gift. Here are a few ideas you can start with today:
- Pay for the coffee/tea of the person in line behind you
- Let someone in while driving in traffic
- Offer your boo a foot rub, no strings attached
- Call your mother, just to say hi
- Tell your bestie 5 things you appreciate about them
- Do the dishes, even if they’re not yours
- Leave flowers on the neighbor’s doorstep
- Smile, even if you're wearing a mask
If you’ve ever been yanked out of the whirlpool of your worried mind by the unexpected kindness of a stranger, then you know the significant impact something as small as a smile can have. We are in it together, Pangea Fam. Let’s do this! Happy World Smile Day.