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Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. The prompt this week is … Smile.

They say we burn more calories when we smile. Now I am not sure if that is true, but looking at my three granddaughters, I would say – children smile a lot. A quick google search tells me children do, in fact, smile more than adults and about 400 times a day.

Smiling, which we do when we experience happiness or laughter, releases brain chemicals into our system which, in turn, promotes good health. One could say, “Smiling is good for us.”

“A glad heart makes a happy face.” (Proverbs 15:13, NLT)

A smile can convey friendliness, warmth, and an acceptance of others.  What we feel affects how we present ourselves and thus, how we will be perceived by those around us.

We’re living in a time when our smiles are being covered up as we go out and about our day. Other than in our homes, masks are required in almost every place we go. Perhaps that is why the clerk’s comment was puzzling. “I can tell you are smiling.” It was then explained, “Your eyes are smiling.”

In these challenging days, when we are stressed by the news and with all the changes, may we keep on smiling. Perhaps the Proverbs 31 woman was onto something:

Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.”
(Proverbs 31:25, NASB)


Photo by Jacqueline Munguía on Unsplash
Today I am joining … Five Minute Friday and Faith On Fire and Grace & Truth .