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Good morning. It is Friday, January 21, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.


Day before yesterday I wrote about laughter and the importance of laughter, but I also realize that you may be in a season of life right now where laughter is not possible. I understand.


King Solomon understood that as well when he wrote Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:” Verse 4: “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”


If this is not your season to laugh, may I suggest, if laughter seems too much at this time in your life, just smile.


Harry Connick, Jr. sings a song title “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and it goes like this:


Hey, hobo man,

Hey, dapper dan,

You've both got your style,

But, brother, you're never fully dressed

Without a smile!


Your clothes may be beau brummelly

They stand out a mile,

But, brother, you're never fully dressed

Without a smile!


Who cares what they're wearing

On main street or saville row?

It's what you wear from ear to ear,

And not from head to toe,

That matters.


So, senator,

So, janitor,

So long for a while.

Remember you're

Never fully dressed,

Though you may wear your best.

You're never fully dressed

Without a smile

Smile!

Smile!”


Such a happy little tune. I love “It's what you wear from ear to ear, and not from head to toe, that matters.”


A smile can turn someone’s world right-side up, including your own. A smile is free, and you never run out of them. The more smiles you give the better you feel and the better those around you feel.


Proverbs 15:13-14 “A glad heart makes a cheerful face…” ESV



I found this article on-line. It really spoke to what I already believed. A smile can help you; given or received, but especially given.


“We often think of a smile as a natural response to feel good emotions, but did you know that smiling – even if that smile is fake – can boost your mood and reduce stress? Research done by psychology and facial coding expert Paul Ekman and backed up by recent research* published in Psychological Science found that a big smile that involves facial muscle activity around the eyes can produce a change in brain activity and mood.


All this research points to one simple but wonderful conclusion: smiling will make you feel better. (Frowns actually have the opposite effect) If you don’t feel like smiling that doesn’t matter because…faking a smile that involves eye and mouth muscles will still work, and especially so if you do it to yourself in the mirror as there is great power in looking at your own reflection. So…look in the mirror every morning and give yourself the gift of a great big smile.


For the next three weeks at least once a day be sure to look at yourself in a mirror, look yourself directly in the eyes, stand tall and meet yourself with the biggest of smiles.


Practice so that your smile involves both the corners of your mouth and your eye sockets. Remember that the brain picks up on facial muscle movement and even if you don’t feel great it will invoke positive emotions in some way. Then during the day bring your new smile out as often as you can. Even do it when you work or talk on the phone. People sense when someone is smiling when they talk to you and can’t see you


Practicing smiling in the mirror can feel a little embarrassing at first but if that is your roadblock think about this: scientific research confirms how powerful practicing smiling can be for improving mood and performance. Don’t let embarrassment, especially when nobody is looking but yourself, block your progress.” (Source: watkinspublishing.com)


Job 9:27 “If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’” ESV


Yes, this old world is hard and some days are harder than others, but if we keep our eyes on Jesus, thank Him for His goodness towards us, if we can truly go through life with a heart of gratitude, it helps.


I believe Jesus is coming back very soon. And when He does, we will experience everlasting joy!


Isaiah 51:11 “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” ESV


When Jesus comes, the smile will never leave our face, we will know nothing but happiness, “for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4.


Look forward to that day with anticipation, I do. I know that is what gets me through each day. Jesus promised He would come back to get those who love Him. If that is not enough to put a smile on your face, I don’t know what is. So, smile! Jesus loves you!

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