Smiles are a universal expression of happiness that trigger the release of endorphins so everybody starts feeling better. The more you smile, the more you will be perceived as pleasant, sociable, sincere, attractive and competent.  Smiles are contagious and free. Here’s a list of free ways to spread more smiles & joy.

Compliment someone.

Share an inspirational quote with a friend and tell them why it reminds you of them. Graciously use the word thank you.

Give away something you’re not using to someone who could use it. 

Tell someone you thought about them the other day, so you had to let them know you miss them. Offer to babysit a child — even if just for an hour.

Hold a door open for someone walking behind you.

Hug someone you really like for no reason.

Share a joke.

Mail a card to a friend letting them know what a good friend they are.

Give up your seat on the bus or train to someone when there aren’t any left.

Offer to share your umbrella on a rainy day.

Ask a friend or neighbor if they need anything while you’re out shopping.

Leave a love letter somewhere where your partner will find it.

Sincerely tell someone why you admire them. Tell your children you’re proud of them.

Cook a surprise meal for anyone else who normally does the cooking.

Lastly? Remember this: Smiling is the easiest and cheapest way to improve our looks.

PS: @GK_LolaPhotography shot this photo. It’s me, close-up and personal, no filter, no retouch, bare skinned with just smudged mascara and vitamin E on my lips…wearing a smile!

I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience  More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models.