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Smile And The World Smiles With You
March 16, 2017

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Growing up in the small community of West Bend, my father encouraged us to "smile and say hello" to people we would meet on the street. My friend Marjorie Vandervelde said "a smile costs nothing, but brings great rewards."

As we welcome guests to Emmetsburg this weekend for the St. Patrick's Celebration, remember to smile as a welcoming gesture.

I thought about "smiling" when an article from an orthodontist crossed my screen. Every dentist wants his/her patients to have beautiful smiles. A good smile, they say, is important to our lives. Here are some reasons why:

Smiling can have an impact on numerous aspects of a person's life, including their mood. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides in our brains that work toward fighting off stress.

People who have crooked teeth tend to hide their smiles, making them less approachable and seemingly less friendly. The benefits of having a friendly personality, and more friends, are numerous.

Research has shown that when a person smiles, he or she seems more attractive to others.

Smiling releases serotonin in the brain, which serves as an anti-depressant, and endorphins that act as a natural pain reliever.

A nice smile tends to make a good first impression and convey a positive attitude and demeanor, something that job recruiters look for in candidates for employment.

According to Psychology Today, seeing an attractive, smiling face activates the brain's region that processes sensory rewards. This suggests that a smile can make others feel rewarded.

A smile, and the confidence that goes with it, cannot only change you, it has the ability to change the world, says Dr. Leslie Pitner, D.D.S., M.S.

What are some things that make you smile?

I?smiled when I saw giant icicles hanging from a tree branch in Harrison Park this week. And, I also smiled when I saw paths in the snow for the disc golf tournament in the park this weekend. Good planning on someone's part.

I smile every morning when I walk outdoors and hear the geese flying overhead. They honk a "good morning" as they wing their way to brunch in a field or open water.

And, I try to remember to smile at people when I meet them as my father taught me as a little girl. It's a lesson to pass on to our youngsters. They use a variety of smiling emojis (emoticons for your smartphone) when they text. Look up from your phone and put a smile on your face!

Did you know it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown??At least, that's what I've always been told.

This weekend, let's welcome our guests to Emmetsburg with a smile. It's a small way to say 'Thank You' for being here and enjoying our St. Patrick's Celebration.

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