Smile effect. Smile as crutch.

Inner Smile. West Point of View

 We do not work with emotions, we look for emotion as result of work. So when you make up the grimace you do grimace only, it is all your business to work with body (face and head) sensations, you are preoccupied by attention to your sensations only. And then smile as mood, as good mood will happen.

Each one or many of us have this experience. If one smiles and invests in this lovely grimace on one’s face sufficient energy, so the mood will be “smiling”. If no such experience – I offer suggestion to do it, and experience will come.

You do not need to show your teeth but you can.
You do not play fake smile.
You just pull the corners of your mouth to the sides and slightly up, same thing to the outer corners of your eyes and try to stretch the outer corners of the nostrils – pull them to the temples.

Thus coachman pulls the rein when drives horses. Picture this coachman sitting in the center of your head,

and this point is the source of light and heat.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
It’s indicated that smiling, even if one is not feeling happy, can slow heart rate and decrease perceived levels of stress. Smiling sends a signal to the rest of our body that things are okay; and now it is safe to let down the guard. Even if you can’t get yourself to smile, practice holding a pen or a chopstick in between your teeth. It mimics the same expression as a smile and can produce the same effects.

In a 2001 study by LeeAnne Harker and Dacher Keltner of the University of California, Berkeley was published, the authors looked at the emotional facial expressions in the pictures from the yearbook of women in their senior year at Mills College in the years 1958 and 1961 and how their life turned out 30 years later regarding marriage and personal well-being.  As it turned out, those that showed positive facial expressions that were genuine had a more positive outcome later in life.
There’s no doubt you must make real smile, do not try to lie to yourself, stay aware. When you make up mimic, remember it is a mimic only, do not deceive yourself.

This is Taoist technique «Inner Smile».

It says that “Mona Lisa Smile” is the image of this very inner smile. Like many Chinese psycho-techniques, like Chinese martial art, this either came from India, or appeared in those places simultaneously. Same inner smile shines on us from Buddha’s faces from quite standard images of him. For our task, however, it is quite sufficient to know and/or believe in the effectiveness of the “smile effect”.
Now then we know and/or believe that a certain muscle condition can be scientifically proved to cause defined chemical reaction in the brain and in turn is expressed as the certain psycho-emotional condition, the Differentiated State of being. It works like a medicine, like a drug, sometimes stronger than a drug. Sometimes it’s called “anchor” and the correspondent action – “anchoring.” You may call it “self-hypnosis” if for some reason it is more understandable and clear to you. Get experience – it will impress and elate you. Remember – There is No Failure Only Learning Experience.

The smile creates just one state of being – good mood. It is a really big deal to make nice tone but is it enough for daily life?
I don’t think so even though good mood supports good health in fact.
We act in so many different activities, each one demand appropriate psycho-emotional state. There is time for financial deals; there is time for housekeeping; there is time for making decisions etc. You can smile all the time, but you need some additional strong psycho-emotional flavor to be successful in your particular activity.


Appendix. –

1. The smile exercise
Simple and straightforward, this incremental exercise in smiling practice improves the facial muscles that control your smile, which will give you greater control over your happy expressions. Start by sitting or standing in front of a mirror, whichever is more comfortable, with your face and lips in a relaxed state.
1 Stretch the corners of your mouth laterally (to the sides) while keeping your lips together; hold for 10 seconds.
2 Expand the lateral stretch and part your lips to expose the edge of your teeth; hold for 10 seconds.
3 Stretch further laterally and expose about half of your teeth; hold for ten seconds.
4 Smile as wide and hard as you can, with all your teeth showing; hold for ten seconds.
5 Repeat steps 3, 2, and 1 to reverse the smile gradually.
For additional exercise, you can go through all of the above steps, using your index fingers to stretch the corners of your mouth and create the different smiles.
 ( We do not work with emotions, we look for emotion as result of work. So when you make up the grimace you do grimace only, it is all your business to work with body (face and head) sensations, you are preoccupied by attention to your sensations only. And then smile as mood, as good mood will happen.

2. The smile line eraser
With this exercise, you can work at reducing the appearance of fine lines around your mouth, helping you look younger and giving you a more natural, brilliant smile. In yoga, this exercise is referred to as the fish pose. Here’s how to do it:
1 Pucker up: purse your lips as dramatically as possible by sucking in your cheeks and rolling your lips out.
2 Attempt to smile while you’re puckering.
3 Hold this pose until there’s a mild aching sensation in the muscles around your mouth, then release.
This exercise should be done only once a day, in order to avoid straining the muscles of your face.

3. The silly rabbit
In this exercise, you’ll tone your cheek muscles while increasing the flexibility and control of your smile. You may or may not look in a mirror while performing this exercise. (If you have a tendency to laugh at silly faces, you should probably skip the mirror.) Here are the steps for this face exercise:
1 Smile as wide as you can, without opening y4our lips. Try for an ear-to-ear grin.
2 Wiggle your nose like a rabbit until you feel your cheek muscles engage with the smile.
3 Hold the pose for 5 seconds.
4 Repeat steps 1 through 3, 10 times