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Lifespan – Abilities Illuminated

Seriously! The Scientific and Psychological values of SMILING.

When I was younger, everybody would say, “Your smile is beautiful.”  As a  matter of fact, I’ve always been told my smile is one of my best attributes. I’ve discovered some very important things about SMILES. “To smile” is to form one’s facial features into a pleasing, kind or amusing expression; typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed. (By the way, it takes 62 muscles to frown, but only 26 to smile.) According to Maya Angelou, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” So, if you have only one smile in you, give it away! Scientists have discovered that smiling on-purpose helps people feel better.  Just the simple act of putting a smile on your face can lead you to feel and experience happiness, joy and amusement.  Smiling on purpose changes the chemistry in your brain.  Smiling has also been proven to help people deal with and manage depression and anxiety. We never know what our co-ambassadors are going through on a personal level.   Some days they may be struggling inside and one simple smile from you can brighten their day, ease their burden and help them refocus their day.  A sincere smile has the power to transform. I challenge you to try it!   Smile.   Smile at someone today and see what happens.   It just might change their day…and yours, too! —Dantrelle “Dannie” Mcclure (Administrative Assistant LIFESPAN & LIFEWORKS) (By they way, Dannie challenged all of us gathered at LIFESPAN Shopton to smile. And to help us do it, she provided a “Selfie Frame” Take a look at what happened.   It was transformative!   And P.S. thanks for the Smile Bags, Dannie.)  

It Really is This Simple

A note from Robin Devore… Because of an unexpected medical leave, I had to work from home for several weeks.  During that time, I was reminded how fortunate I am to work at a place that I call my “second home.”  I call it my “second home” because for almost 24 years, I have grown with the individuals we support and the LIFESPAN ambassadors who provide that support. Over those two-plus-decades, I have come to realize that everything I do each and everyday has some type of impact on both the LIFESPAN individuals and the LIFESPAN ambassadors.  Some days, it’s as simple as sharing a smile or giving a hug.  Other days, it’s much more challenging as we work to give voice to those who don’t have a voice and advocate for those who have no one left to fight for them. At the end of the day, I know that what I’ve done has made a difference in someone’s life. I don’t have a “job.”   I have a lifelong learning experience with incredible gratification.  I truly get more back than I will ever be able to give. As a reminder to everyone — do what you love and enjoy, do what brings you happiness, smile at least three times a day, and let go of the things that take up negative space in your head. “Be You” and be happy! Then go change the world one smile and one hug at a time. -Robin