I know it seems why should we bother smiling this year. The year 2020 has been challenging for a lot of people. There have been lost jobs, lost opportunities, missed celebrations, just a lot has gone on.

What do we have to smile about? Really a lot. Or at least you need to try. Smiling does a lot for your mood. It can boost it like nobodies business. Just forcing a smile can lift your mood significantly.

If you are a person that smiles a lot you can actually pass that smile on. A smile is contagious. It is hard to smile at someone and not have them smile back. Have you noticed that?

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Having a smile on your face can help you feel better physically as well. A big, but genuine smile, can boost your immune system. It can also help to reduce your blood pressure and release those feel good endorphins. All of that can help you feel oh so much better.

Have you ever heard that people can hear a smile in your voice? You may be on the phone talking to someone and just know, if you are smiling, they will know. Your emotions can be heard. So remember that when you are on a phone call or Zoom meeting. A smile will help you sound happier and friendlier.

Did you know that if you find yourself in some sort of trouble that a smile can help you out of the jam? If you make a mistake, and we all know that they happen, an embarrassed smile can help when you are apologizing. The person you are apologizing will feel for you and will be more likely to accept that apology. Any extra brownie points in that instance can help.

So just remember to put on a happy face and get through the day as best as you can.