When I am walking in a store, with a question that needs to be answered, I am more pron to ask a worker who, when I look at them, smile. Which human being isn't attracted to those who have a cheerful countenance?
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Do not abuse anyone…Do not look down upon any good work, and when you speak to your brother, show him a cheerful face.” Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1889
This morning as I was cleaning the kitchen I thought about why smiling is good for us and good for others. Here are some things that I was able to think of:
Smiling helps us to stay positive. For instance, if you smile now and think of something negative how long does that smile last? The only conclusion that I could come to for this is that when we smile we are sending a message to the rest of our body that life is good. So lets all strive to stay away from depression or stress with a smile!
Smiling is also natural drug. If you are feeling down and someone you know comes along that always has that way to make you smile, leaves you feeling better. Why is that? When I was attending a Medical Missionary College in Georgia, I learned that when you smile your body automatically releases three feel good substances: endorphin's, natural pain killers, and serotonin. In this case, why don't we strive to be one of those that bring smiles to others?
When I hear the word contagious I get scared. I think of some horrible sickness, or disease. But did you know that smiling is contagious? When we smile we can completely change the atmosphere around us. A smiling person brings happiness with them, therefore in return people are drawn to you.
So in conclusion, we must all have to admit that we are drawn to those who smile. There is an automatic attraction factor in smiling. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away, while a smile only draws people to you.