Monday, July 23, 2018

Want More Happiness? The Secret is in Your Smile!

I awoke this morning with smiling on my mind? Why? I have no idea. But there it was. 

I visited Dr. Google and entered the search term, "physiological effects of a smile". The lead "best answer" reads,

"Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness... The feel-good neurotransmitters - dopamine, endorphins and serotonin - are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well...". Citation: "There's Magic in Your Smile - How Smiling Affects Your Brain";

Google suggested other related searches to include: "how smiling affects those around you", "why smiling is contagious", and, "science of smiling".

There are thousands upon thousands of studies and posts attesting to the emotional and health benefits of smiling.

One Big Mistake

One mistake we could make is concluding all smiles are equal. If we "fake it until we make it" we're shortchanging our selves and those we talk with.

While you may get some benefits with a "fake it" approach, you won't maximize the emotional and health enhancing improvements waiting for you when you make true genuine smiling a part of your daily routine.

But what if I don't feel like smiling? What if I can't think of a thing to smile about?

Yes, adversity can hijack the best of positive intentions. Bad things happen. But there is a bigger truth that extends beyond the challenges of the day: 

There is ALWAYS something to smile about. 

If you're alive; if you're breathing; if you have food, water, and shelter, you have reasons to smile.

Here's how to create a true, genuine smile on demand. Before you know it, smiling will be second nature.

How to Create a Genuine Smile

Allow a relaxing breath and bring to mind an image, a memory of a special person, pet, or situation that creates positive feelings. Examples could include, holding an infant, walking on the beach, interacting with a pet, or simply enjoying time with someone special.

  • Bring that memory to mind and make it big, bold, and bright.
  • While experiencing that memory, allow your attention drift to your body. Feel the positive sensations; really connect with those good vibrations. Where are they in your body? Allow the felt senses to expand.
  • As you're recalling that memory and feeling the sensations that memory creates, notice you're smiling. Let that smile grow bigger.
  • Stay with those beautiful feelings and that joyful smile for 20 to 30 seconds or even longer.

Guess what? You have changed your body, brain, and mind for the better. Do this before talking to others and notice they too will smile. Smiles are contagious! You're a carrier of one of the most beneficial viruses on our planet.

Try this smile creation protocol before your next telephone call, business meeting, or conversation with a friend or significant other. It takes only two or three seconds. As you practice, it will take only a millisecond to change your mood and mind. 

Remember, your positive energy and lovely smile is the gift that keeps on giving.

My Creating Smiles Experience

One of my podcasts is, "Make the World a Better Place". In the episode linked below, I share my unscientific experiment to see if I could help others to smile, more studies about the positive power of smiling, and how advice I received more than 50 years ago about selling with smile changed my life forever.

Click the player below to listen. It's only a few minutes, but I have no doubt you'll find something to smile about!


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Steve Carter 

Stress Solutions, LLC |

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ocean Meditation - an Easy Way to Create Peace of Mind and Body

One of the best gift you can give yourself is peace of mind and body. An easy way to find that gift is to visit a place that is soothing, calming, and even primordial. For me, there is no better place to relax, release, and recharge than the ocean.

Experience Calm Peace of Mind and Body

If you would like to experience the calm peace the ocean offers, I suggest you watch and enjoy the, "Ocean Meditation" video below. As you allow your awareness to go deeper into the relaxing experience, close your eyes and allow your mind to wander back to a time when you were looking out over the ocean.

Bring to mind a time you were walking on a beautiful beach. Recall the sounds. Recall the magnificent ocean's roar. Recall the sound of never ending waves breaking on the beach as if Mother Nature was singing a magic song for you and you alone.

Tune your attention to other sounds. Recall the ceaseless calls from countless seagulls soaring with easy grace. Recall the unique sounds of the beach breeze with it's rhythmic musical beauty. 

Feel the Sand, Breeze, Aroma, and Warmth

Now turn your attention to the felt sense of the sand. Notice the temperature of the sand and how the sand feels as you take a step and then another.

Now allow yourself to feel the ocean breeze. There's a special sensation to the breeze and it's soothing magic.

Allow your awareness to sense that special ocean aroma. 

Breathe in and allow the full experience to calm mind and body...

Experience the Ocean Meditation Now

Let's begin now by activating the, "Ocean Meditation" video and then allow your mind to drift into that special place of calm and peace.

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Stephen Carter

Stress Solutions, LLC | |