Saturday, March 27, 2010


When Charlie Chaplin wrote the lyrics for "Smile" back in 1936, his intention was to give hope to poverty-stricken Americans living through the Great Depression from 1929 to the early 1940s. Now 74 years later, studies published in Psychological Science reveal that smiling doesn't only make you feel better, it also increases your chances of living longer.

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through... for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just... Smile

Don't be stingy with that smile. Apparently the broader your smile, the longer your life span. Read the study results to know more. Very interesting, I must say.

To me the best thing about smiling is that when you give one, you often get one back. Of course, the added bonus is smiling makes you look years younger. Is there any wonder why people tend to smile in front of the camera?

So here's to smiles all round and a long life ahead!

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