Why Smiling Matters

Why Smiling MattersDid you know that simply smiling could lift an entire demeanor, raise attitudes, and impact others? Being joyful, despite circumstances, elevates our perspective and causes us to rest from stress and worry. We are more likely to talk to someone we don’t know if they are smiling.

Proverbs is a great place to find some amazing & inspiring verses. Let’s look at 15:13 & 30:

A glad heart makes a happy face;
a broken heart crushes the spirit…

A bright look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the body.

We look at these verses and wonder how such a simple expression can enable a contagious effect on our own spirits & bodies but also on others. We have the opportunity to bring grace, joy, peace and brightness to someone else’s day! That’s incredible.

I admit, I tend to be a more serious person. I do smile quite a bit but I’m almost always thinking about something which means I have a perma-wrinkle on my brow. I am joyful yet sometimes it doesn’t come across on my face.

Yet, after reading these verses last night, I want to display a softer face. A joyful face. I want to be an encouragement to those around me simply when they look at me.

More importantly, I want to express my deep gratitude and peace that God has given me through the saving faith of Jesus’ atonement. God has done a tremendous thing for me. He has saved my soul from the effects of sin and the deserved punishment of death. Do I display this effect on average throughout the day? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we had an impact on the Kingdom because people wondered why we were so joyful, why we smiled so much? Wouldn’t it be fabulous if we had the opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus because someone remarked on how bright our demeanor is?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see others come into relationship with Him because we grew a friendship through the first act of smiling? Think of the possibilities!

While I tend to be more studious in my study of God’s Word, I really enjoyed reading these verses and pausing on them. I enjoyed that God lifted my spirit with such a simple notion – smiling. It may be the first time I recall God ever imparting such a soft, jovial, and simple thing to me.

Amazing!

 Holly from The Brown Tribe

Holly currently lives in Nebraska with her amazing & godly husband, sweet & smart 4-year old daughter & joyful 2 year old son. She is a stay-at-home mom who serves with her local MOPS group, and on her church’s Mission Leadership Team for missionary support. She writes at The Brown Tribe for the purpose of discipling and encouraging women and mothers. She is also a contributor for Missional Call. In her spare time she enjoys coffee, photography, exploring the culinary craft, helping combat human trafficking through awareness and is currently writing her first book. You can follow along with Holly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, google +,  and Instagram.

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