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"Smile"

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Smile
 
The word “Smile” is defined in the dictionary as,
a facial expression characterizedby an upward curving of the corners of the mouth. In reality,
it’s
a physical definition for a smile. The definition lacks emotion in so many levels, and many other characteristicsthat can be attributed as a reason for a person to smile. Consider the things or eventsthat make you smile; a funny joke, a fond memory, or maybe witnessing somethinghumorous or joyous. There are countless occasions for someone to smile; sometimesthe reasons can be an advantageous one or perhaps a special necessity for someone.
I’ve been in situations that have been no laughing matter 
. Indeed, my family and Igrieved as my grandmother was slipping away to a better place, yet knowing that theinevitable was approaching she smiled, and very weakly joked around as she lay in her death bed trying to comfort us. She did not want us to be sad; my grandmother healedour sadness and grief with the power of her smile. In all seriousness, some people mayget offended
if you’re seen smiling during
traumatic, dramatic or emotional moments.Fortunately, many hospitals, homes for the elderly, and hospices, frequently hireclowns, magicians and entertainers to attempt to bring cheerful smiles from people who
 
otherwise are not in a joyous state. Those who may be suffering thru terminal illnesses;depression, grieving or living sad, lonely mundane lives can benefit from the healingpower of a simple smile.Children have the power to make anyone smile; imagine yourself as a child,
you’re spinning round and round in place, arms out stretched, making yourself dizzy and
then try to walk. Kids giggle and find it funny, even when they fall down or bump into thefurniture, (esp
ecially after parents tell them what’s going to happen
 
if they don’t stop
.) Iwould crack a smile every single time, watching my children take great delight in life andhaving fun. A child can be full of hilarities, and can put a smile on
anyone’s
facecomparable to a contagion. Something about watching youngsters play can force asmirk on even the sternest or most serious of people. A child can make you smilewithout trying; they make funny faces, ask silly questions or are comical doing thesimplest of tasks. Nothing is more satisfying than to see a child smile; give them candy,they smile, take them to a carnival, they smile, and god forbid you tickle a child, smilesall around. Yes, if you ever feel the need to smile, children are more than happy to help.The older we become, the more serious we become about life. An adult laughs anaverage of about 15 times a day; a preschooler laughs an average of 400 times.
Then there’s the ever present “Fake Smile”. D
issecting my own smile, I wasnever effective at hiding my emotions, despite how I fool myself that I have actingtalents worthy of fooling the CIA. Even my cats know
when I’m having one of my rather 
dreary days. I guess I really am that transparent.
 
 I was browsing through pictures taken of my last new year's party and similar towhat any normal person would do, I went to look first at the photos that contained me(to post in Facebook, of course). As I perused through the few hundred snaps and triedto remember all the faces and the names that came with them, I could not help butnotice how I appeared in the pictures. What started out to be a narcissistic endeavor toget the best shots of my not-so-beautiful person to post on Facebook (with delusionalhope that by doing so it would increase traffic to my page), slowly turned into anintrospective observation of my behavior that night. I looked at each picture of myself, Itried to recall what I was feeling, what I was thinking at that very moment. True enough,my immediate thoughts translated to how my face looked when the picture was taken.Smiles tell a lot more than just a pretty pose for a pretty shot, I found; that night, Ilearned that besides being happy, I was also being:1. Flirtatious. I didn't realize I was achieving this until much later when I noticed afew ladies in the party photos, smiling back at me doing the same as myself. I reallycould care less if my smiling translated as such though. The idea that I was willinglygetting away with it was pleasurable enough.2. Friendly. Never mind the wrinkles, nothing beats returning a smile with a smile.I smiled a lot that night, so much so, I think my cheeks needed a vacation by the time I

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