The power of your smile

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am


I don't think everyone realises how important it is to smile. Smiling comes easily to some people, because they are happy. But not everyone smiles.

Smiling has the power to make us feel better. It's good if we can smile even if we feel miserable.

Also, I think smiling can help us to make more friends. Your smile lets people know you are friendly and approachable. And when you make more friends, you'll have more support during tough times.

You may not always feel like smiling. But considering all the benefits, it's time to put a smile on your face.

Jeff Chan Man-hin, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Jeff. It's easy to forget to smile when you have three essays, four pages of maths homework, violin practice, a chemistry practical to write up, swimming classes and a younger brother to babysit, all before bedtime.

But research has shown that smiling is actually good for you. If you smile, you'll increase your own happiness as well as that of those around you. It may reduce stress, and it definitely makes you more attractive and approachable.

Of course, you won't always feel like smiling, but if you force yourself to do it, you can 'trick' your brain into believing you are happy. This may make you really feel happy, especially if you think about how lucky you really are.

Practise smiling when you pick up the phone, walk down the street, pay for your shopping and greet your family. Brighten up someone's day with your sunny smile - and feel good yourself.

Karly, Deputy Editor