If you happened to visit a dentist, you might have noticed the picture of a beautiful girl smiling to show her teeth, with this caption below – "Smile enhances your face value. Isn’t it?"

And rightly so. Smile is a magic band on our face which is a sure shot way to spread the message of friendship and brotherhood. In all negotiations this instrument has made distinctive difference towards happy ending.

It is a known fact that animals can't smile. It’s a priceless gift of God only to us mankind. But, are we able to use this natural and effective tool for the well-being of ourselves, individually and collectively? In the name of being too busy or for some other hackneyed reasons, most of us have slowly forgotten to look for and enjoy an opportunity to smile.

Lee Giblin puts it this way: "If you are not using your smile, you are like a man with a million dollar in the bank and having no cheque book."

Nobody can dispute and deny what has been reiterated by many, known for their extraordinary wisdom including the anonymous writer in these lines: A smile costs nothing but gives back disproportionately. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that can get along without it and none is so poor but that can be made rich by it. It creates sunshine in the home, fosters goodwill in business. And it is the best antidote for trouble and yet can't be begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is of no value, unless it is freely given away. Some people are too busy to give you a smile, give them one of yours - for the God knows that no one needs a smile so badly, as he or she who has no more smiles left to give.

To say it precisely in Denis Waitley's words, "A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside."

Genuine smile, not a fake one, has a definite de-stressing impact during a taxing time which in turn, as researchers have found out, is very good for keeping the heart healthy. Studies do corroborate this view that smile acts as a natural medicine because smiling releases endorphins, serotonin etc.; the effect of which makes us feel better.

It is a common saying that it takes 17 muscles to smile but 43 to frown. Truly, one smile can let you run a mile. The more you smile the more you look young and charming. People like to have friends who can smile and let others provide the opportunity to smile. It makes both the giver and receiver feel the beauty of being a true human being, not in terms of money but surely in terms of lots of joy. Mother Teresa thus tells, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

Finally, smile and enjoy my two-liner:

जिंदगी के झमेलोंमेंभी जो मुस्कुराते रहे,
वही इस कलयुग में भी आदमी बने रहे



milan sinhaMilan K. Sinha is a freelance writer. He has worked in Banking and Insurance sector for three decades following three years of active writing in various newspapers and magazines. Presently he is engaged in stress management, wellness and awareness activities besides freelance writing. He is based in Patna and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.