January 10, 2012

Warning: Do Not “Smile Someone” Today!



Wipe that smile off your face…!

Replace it with a frown!


     I realize that this command is counterintuitive, the opposite being told SMILE! After all, we smile out of happiness, and we frown out of sadness. And who wants to be sad?

     However, there are other reasons, besides sadness, to frown.

     Experiments show that the simple act of frowning makes you more skeptical and analytical in your thinking…* Therefore, one must conclude that frowning makes you smarter. And we all seek ways to increase our intelligence.

     Since smiling is the opposite of frowning, another logical conclusion is that smiling makes you dumber. And who wants to be dumber?

     An additional benefit to frowning is that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Ergo, frowning makes for more muscles. Happiness, it seems, is a lazy person’s emotion.**** And you do not want to be consider lazy, do you?

     I realize that some of you don’t know how to frown. One lesson advises you to observe something that makes you angry, then pull the tips of your mouth downward. Use the same cheek muscles you use to smile.*** 😦


     The above advice is the opposite of what is usually given under the assumption that everyone wants to be happy.

     For example, One of the keys to a longer, healthier life just might be your smile. In a recent study of more than 6,000 adults over 50, scientists found that those with sunny dispositions had a significantly reduced risk of stroke. Optimistic people tend to make healthier choices about diet and exercise, researchers speculate; some findings also suggests positive thinking has a direct influence on how well your body works…(so) Let yourself laugh. You’ll feel less stressed, even during difficult times. And that may help protect against heart attacks, research suggests.**

      People from cultures that emphasize feeling good enjoy life more than do those from cultures that put a premium on other values, such as achievement.

     Smiles are so promoted that freelance artist Harvey Ball created the yellow Smiley Face icon that was first used in a State Mutual Life Assurance Company advertising campaign in 1963. The image exploded in popularity when Bernard and Murray Spain used it on a collection of novelty products in the 1970s (to read more click on “Smile Someone” Today).

     Its uncomplicated image sent the clear message, to busy people, that life is precious and they should enjoy every minute of every day.*  🙂


     You cannot smile and frown at the same time. You have to decide…the choice is between intelligence and stronger cheek muscles, and a healthier, happier life.

Will you…

  • turn that smile upside down or
  • turn that frown upside down?

Which do you choose?

As for me, I choose the smile, because life is too short to frown.



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Only Space Aliens Look Forward to Winter





*Science  v 293 6 July 2001  pp 45


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