Changing Frowns Into Smiles

William VeasleyHappiness, Health, Love, Wealth31 Comments

Believe it or not, but it will take less muscles to smile then it will take to frown, at least this is what I was told. It is crazy, but it is difficult to find people with a beautiful smile because for whatever reason, most people do not like to smile. Some people wake up on the “left” side of the bed, other people wake up feeling a little “under the weather”, but their ugly frown is always the first thing that is noticed.

When I see someone frown, the first thoughts that come to my head are that maybe they do not feel good, they have had problems that day or even that they have a heart like the Grinch of Christmas Eve.

In any case, association will breed assimilation and for that reason, no one wants to be around negativity. Most of all, no one wants to see that ugly frown! Here are a few simple, but great ways we can turn our unattractive frown into a beautiful smile.

Here, There, and Everywhere

The people that we surround ourselves with make all the difference in our lives. They can have a good impact or a bad one. In most cases, we tend to surround ourselves with people who do not really care about us or even people that have nothing in common with us.

In this world, there are more people that will “double-cross” then people that we can trust. The only people that we can trust to always have our back are our family. Regardless of the circumstances, our family is always there for us when we need them. When everything seems to be going “left” instead of “right”, we should talk with family members because they will give us caring advice with a loving heart.

It takes time and practice to make real friends. Most people only care about themselves and they show us fake love. At times, it is hard to tell the difference between real and fake love. For example, fake love is being our friend because we have a lot of money. On the other hand, real love is telling us the truth when the truth is not what we want to hear.

Take some time and choose wisely who to associate with because they will either love us faults and all, or they will either be jealous with plans to backstab if it means they will progress in life.

The Pursuit of Happiness

We only live one life and not two, three, or even four. Time goes by fast and does not last forever. There is no time to waste being sad or mad because that will not get us anywhere in life. The only place we might end up out of anger is the county jail. Do not waste energy being angry at the world because most likely, the outcome will not be good.

We must learn to live our lives and by this I mean doing what makes us happy. People might think that what we are stupid. Other people might think that we are crazy. No matter who we are, we cannot impress everyone. Some people are going to hate us and some are going to love us, but that is a part of life.

No one can live our lives for us. In most cases, when something goes wrong there is no one that will feel the pain, except for us. So, with that being said, we should take our own steps, climb our own mountains, make our own mistakes, but most importantly we should live our own lives.

Release Steam

Life comes with the “ups” and the “downs.” It also comes with a lot of stress as we mature. We have to handle more responsibilities and it already seemed like we had too much to do from the beginning!

If we let too much stress build up, then something bad is bound to happen. We can learn this the hard way or we can learn it the easy way, but one thing we cannot be is all work and no play.

Find simple ways to release the day to day stress. For example, I enjoy playing strategy games for a little while. It gets my mind off of everything else and usually leaves me in a good mood when I am finished.

We are all different and have different ways of releasing our stress, but we must find out what works best for us. That could be talking to peers, playing games, reading books, watching movies, or even having sex. If we make the activity routine then we will experience better days.

Last Words

No matter who we are, the color we are, the age we are or even the gender, one thing will always be the same. We quickly look the other way when we see someone with a frown. They might have a problem we do not want to hear or that they might give us problems we do not already have.

First impression means everything in today’s world. We can only go by what we see and what we hear. The worst thing that we can do for ourselves is to set ourselves up for failure. If we go into anything with a negative mindset and we will get a negative outcome. If we go into anything with a positive mindset and we will become instant millionaires! No, I was only joking, but that would be awesome, right?

In the end, our smiles are what make the world go round, so we better get that ugly frown off our faces!

“While I agree with the gist of William’s thoughts here, I’ll add that it’s more important to be authentic (even if it makes you frown) than sport a superficial smile on your face. That said, nothing beats authentic happiness.” ~ Sage Reddy

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31 Comments on “Changing Frowns Into Smiles”

  1. and to think back , over the years .. i hear them all so clearly …. ” what a beautiful smile”, ” you’re always sooo happy “,”your smile lights up the room “, ” oh . i wish i was that happy ” ” carolyn , what a great smile she has “. i never smiled for them and they never asked me why I was smiling . why ? because it made my lonely being feel better , because i was not happy .
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  2. This is such a nice article. When I see someone frown, the first thing that I think is maybe they are not feeling well. But we should always remember to smile, even if we have problems, we must smile. Smile and the world will smile at you.
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  3. Hi William! “Turn that frown Upside Down!”..One of my favorites. A smile is the same in ANY language!! Your post is right by the way…”It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. ” keep smilin’ my friend! Thanks!

  4. Hi William,

    A smile (when genuine) gives you the upper-hand with all things equal. We tend to visit shops more when the staff are more friendly, we are more patient with the interviewee when he has a pleasant smile, we attract the opposite sex with our smile etc…

    So yes, as long as the smile and happiness is genuine, you’ll attract good things into your life.
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  5. It is a fact that it really takes less muscles to smile. Problems are a part of life and is the reason why we frown but it’s better to be positive and face all problems with a smile. The burden will definitely be lighter.

  6. Hi Williams,

    Nice to meet you! It’s an inspiring post you have come up with 🙂

    Smiling is definitely something the world should do more of. Not smiling boils from

    people thinking that there is nothing to smile about. But that’s not true.

    We can always find something to be grateful for. Once we find ourselves in the state

    where we find it difficult smiling, it is time to go visit the experiences of our lives

    that had brought delight to us: remember a joke, see a movie.

    Though little, they can definitely do alot to change our state.

    Thanks
    Tosin
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  7. Thats an impressive post William. I have seen people not enjoying their present in the hoard of making their future secure. But I am very sure they’ll work more in future to make things better and better for them.Its today when we can smile and spend every second of our life with joy and pleasure.This leads to much better results.

  8. William,
     My mom has quite a spin on keeping a smile on your face and having empathy when you are subject to an unusual unexpected grumpy/rude/negative encounter. Just imagine the person has hemorroids, or just got dumped by their girlfriend/boyfriend, or their grandma just died. The key is: you are not smiling at their misfortune, but there is something besides you at play here. Plus it’s kind of a game we play with each other now…Their is nothing like humor to clear the air:)
    ~Becca
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  9. Hey William,

    This post reminds me the song “Smile” by Michael Jackson – wondering why? 🙂

    anyway…..I got a root canal done 2 days ago and prior to that I was in a lot of pain due to a tongue and gum infection (FUN 🙂 ) for a whole week.
    While I was sitting in the dental chair while this root canal specialist “jammin’ ” in my mouth I felt so miserable ( because getting this done sucks big time ) and relieved at the same time ( that finally somebody is taking care of “all” my problem right now) that I couldn’t help but give a little smile to the doctor. He looked at me saying: “Are you ok????? – LOL! and I was like (in my head of course ) : ” Oh yeah…I sure am now! ”

    So people, SMILE!

    Akos
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  10. If you walk around smiling your brain will believe you are happy so you feel happy!!

    Smiling is hence a very smart thing to do.

  11. William great post:) I always find that not only is important to smile etc but people often mirror your behaviour mannerisms and if someone is looking miserable and you’re smiling away they often tend to copy and change their mood.

    Happiness and smiling is such a lovely thing to do and it can really brighten up someone’s day when you smile at them:)
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  12. Hey Sage and nice to meet ya William!

    A smile is just a simple choice..and you don’t need a special reason to smile or feel happy. I use to do it even when I catch myself thinking negatively or in a stressful situation..it makes me open to whatever comes..instead of labelling the situation as negative or complaining, I smile and let it be..just because it feels better.

    An honest smile given to somebody can work wonders..even if you don’t say a word it still can change his or her mood.
    Stress comes from over thinking and not accepting things as they are..whatever one resists, it persists. As you said William you can always deconnect yourself by choosing an activity you enjoy. Btw, I was a big fan of strategy games. Still do it from time to time .

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂
    All the best,
    Radu
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    1. Radu: One should never need a special reason to smile and if so, there could not be a better reason than the fact that we are still alive. Just the fact that people die everyday keeps me enjoying the days I am blessed to see. If I am in a bad mood, I try to surround myself with positive people who will help turn my frown into a smile. It is not always so easy to do it by ourselves, but practice always helps as Warren (under your comment) nicely reassured me. I do not like being depressed because at times, I have felt like I did not have a heart, it was about to bust, or like I was getting stabbed in it. Depression can be more harmful then people tend to think or at least then what I have thought in the past.

      It is awesome that you like strategy games also! What games do you like? I like to play starcraft and tower defense games. Have you ever heard of those games?

      Wish you the best!

      God bless,
      William Veasley
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  13. Hey William so true! I find the more I’m able to turn my “lesser” moods around and adjust my attitude to a more positive and happy one the better I get at it. Like anything it’s hard at first to go from sad, grumpy, angry, etc. to something more positive, but the more you try it and succeed at it the easier it becomes! 🙂
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    1. Warren: I do not believe in the saying practice makes perfect because as humans, we can never be perfect at anything. What I do believe in is practice making us dam near perfect. We can never be perfect, but we can always get better. If you ask me, I am happy that no one can be perfect, at least I am happy that I am cannot be perfect. I like the thought of knowing there is always room for improvement and that means my work is never done!
      Personally, it has not always been easy for me to overcome my sadness or keep something from bringing me down. The good thing is that I am getting stronger and I can feel it mind, body, and soul.
      We have to learn to take things one day at a time. We might be down and depressed today, but that does not mean we cannot be happy tomorrow.

      Do you have a simple tips that might help me improve my mood when I am depressed?

      God bless,
      William Veasley
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  14. Hi William,

    I seem to be on the subject of the value of smiling today. When I was in college, I entered a deep depression, without knowing why. I forced myself to smile at myself in the mirror, and it worked! I pulled free of the depression and never went back. So, sometimes a forced smile can be valuable to you and others.

    Lou
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    1. Lou: I am happy to hear that your day started off good, at least for the most part! Personally, I rather smile than frown because I think my smile looks better than my frown. When people see me, I want to be remembered as a happy person and not a mood killer. There are already many of those and we do not need anymore.
      I am in college and sometimes it can be hard to smile. Today was a rough day, but I am choosing not to focus my thoughts on it. I rather focus my thoughts on something positive and or something that will help better my position.
      I choose to start my day with a smile because it seems like when I smile, naturally I want to smile more and when I frown, naturally I want to frown more. That might just be me though!

      How is your today going for you?

      God bless,
      William Veasley
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  15. Hi William,

    I agree with you and Sage – it’s much nicer to see a real smile as opposed to a frown. The people we surround ourselves with can definitely have an impact on our facial expressions! I am making a conscious effort to surround myself with positive, like minded people. People with negative mindsets will sooner or later affect others that are around them. I don’t have the time or patience to be around dream killers.

    You have a nice writing style! I hope to see more posts from you. 🙂 Good job!
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    1. Jamella: In my case, I was surrounding myself around dream killers without even realizing it. Slowly, but surely they were pulling me down. Whenever they talked about anything, it was always something that was negative. I was young then and could not see what it was doing to my attitude, but now that is a different story.
      When I make new relationships, I take the time to read people out. Usually, it is not hard to get a good reading of what type of person they are. A negative minded person will say something unimportant ( most likely about another person) and a positive minded person will usually say something less unimportant (most likely about us)!
      In this world we have to be smart and choose wisely. The last thing we need to do is waste time in unhealthy relationships. Time is limited and time is always ticking. We have to try to make the best of it!

      Have ever had a hard time ending unhealthy relationships?

      God bless,
      William Veasley
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  16. Hey Sage,

    Thanks for the kind words and for having me here at asksage. I try to make my writing easy to understand for anyone who reads it. The last thing I want to do is confuse anyone. It is not always easy to get my thoughts out, but I always give it my best shot!

    Thanks again!

    God bless,
    William Veasley

  17. Hello William!
    I appreciate the simplicity of your thoughts and the purity of your heart, both of which come through in your writing. Thank you for a wonderful post!

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