“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong.’”
– Marianne Williamson
This is my friend’s baby, Charlie. Charlie smiles in his sleep. Charlie loves to give hugs. Charlie is SMUG (SMile + hUG)!! As babies we are born knowing how to smile and hug. It is programmed in us! That’s an amazing concept. How cool is that?!?! So then one would ask themselves, why is this important? And to you I say, because a smile and a hug are the simplest actions we can do to experience unparalleled happiness. We increase the vibration of love that ripples across the Universe! Boom. How’s that for your Sunday dose of awesomeness?
The Smile: A smile, even forced, can immediately take your mind off your thoughts. I don’t know if you’re like me where I get in my head and just overthink everything. One simple smile, held for a few seconds shifts your mood to something positive. Not only that, a smile: relieves stress; helps your WHOLE body relax; is contagious (like the plague…but in a good way); makes you look pretty (a study found it was more powerful than makeup); helps prevent colds through a boost to your immune system; makes you live longer (4.9-7yrs); and kicks chocolate in the butt in terms of happy chemicals released in your brain. I’m smiling right now!
The Hug: Hugging is a very intimate thing. There are a wide variety of hugs out there but there is only one that truly counts in my book. It’s the one where you get right in there, head on the shoulder, chest to chest, and embrace for 7 seconds or more. Ohhhh it feels so good. You will be amazed at the change. And don’t analyze while you hug, give in. Hugs: create trust and confidence; instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger (not too shabby); help balance out the nervous system; teach us how to give and receive; and equal an energy exchange between two souls.
THE QUICK AND DIRTY TASK: BE SMUG (SMile + hUG)!!!
The What: It’s simple, being SMUG is truly a gift from the Universe. You can see how easy it is to do and the magical effects that come with it.
The How: The Smile: When you are in a situation that is not making you happy, just smile. If you need to, force a smile! You can smile if you: overanalyze, are in your head, are sad, see a friend, are walking down the street, are in a job interview, meet a girl, WHENEVER!!! Yes, forcing it works. The muscles release endorphins into the blood stream that gives you a natural high. It’s brilliant. The Hug: Real hugs! When you hug people, imagine your heart opening up and giving love. Then imagine theirs opening up and your heart receiving it. There may be a beautiful gold light coming from your chests. Remember, it is an energy exchange. That’s power.
The Why: Being SMUG changes everything in your life in an instant. A smile makes your entire soul catch fire with love. And think back to that time you needed a hug, and totally collapsed into someone’s arms. That was nice. Try it and really give in and invest in each when you do it.
Here are two INCREDIBLE TED TALKS regarding the science behind them both: