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Ten Reasons to Smile; Back to School Fair

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Why Smile?  Ten Reasons Why

               Do you know anybody who seems to always have a smile?  I do!  Every Sunday morning from the choir loft at my church, I have the perfect view of a sweet lady who smiles during our choir special, during congregational singing, and while listening to the morning message.  It seems to brighten my spirit, and makes me want to smile, too!

               Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better.  Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.  Works cited by M Stibich, “Longevity Magazine” give the following 10 reasons to smile:

1)      Smiling makes us attractive.  We are drawn to people who smile.  There is an attraction factor.  We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good.  Frowns, scowls, and grimaces all push people away, but a smile draws them in.

2)      Smiling changes our mood.  The next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile.  There’s a good chance your mood will change for the better.   Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3)      Smiling is contagious.  When someone is smiling, they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things seem happier  A smiling person brings happiness with them  Smiling will draw people to you.

4)      Smiling relieves stress.  Stress can be evident in our faces.  Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed.  When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile.  The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

5)      Smiling boosts your immune system and helps it work better.  When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed.

6)      Smiling lowers your blood pressure.  When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure.  If you have a blood pressure monitor at home, sit for a few minutes and take a reading.  Then smile for a minutes and take another reading while still smiling.  Do you notice a difference?

7)      Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain kills and serotonin.  Together, these three make us feel good.  Smiling is a natural drug.

8)      Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger.  The muscles we use to smile lift the face making a person appear younger.  Don’t go for a face lift – just try smiling your way through the day.  You’ll look and feel better.

9)      Smiling makes you seem successful.  Smiling people appear more confident, and are more likely to be approached.  Put on a smile at meeting and appointments and people will react to you differently.

10)   Smiling helps you stay positive.  Try this test: Smile.  Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile.  It’s difficult to do!  When we smile, our body is sending the rest of us a message that “life is good.”   Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.  It’s contagious!

Back to School Fair

               Students don’t always like to hear the phrase, “back to school,” but our community is offering a great event to help them get in the mood for the new school year!  The 2nd annual county-wide “Back to School Fair” will take place on Friday, August 10, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  This event will be a one-stop destination to prepare the whole family for the start of school.  The fair will offer free health and vision screening, dental screenings and fluoride applications, immunizations for children and adults, haircuts, food and beverages.  In addition, community booths will offer games, prizes, and great information.

               Be sure to stop by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension exhibit for information on packing a safe and health school lunch, upcoming programs, and the nutrition spin wheel game for kids.  We’ll also have a 4-H exhibit, where 4-H members and leaders will provide information about 4-H enrollment and upcoming 4-H events (including national 4-H week, 4-H project show, and the county-wide 4-H Christmas party).  We’ll also provide copies the 4-H Gazette newsletter, and offer a fun bean bag toss game.

               School supplies will be distributed to pre-qualified families.  Contact Shanna Martin at CAN Help for information – 903-885-9797.

Closing Thought

Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, or better.  Life will always be complicated.  Learn to be happy right now.  Otherwise, you’ll run out of time –

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

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Author: Staff Reporter

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