If you spend any time with a young child, you will know that God built in to us the desire to smile. Babies are said to smile 400 times a day, while an adult smiles about 20. Where did our smile go? Why don't adults enjoy life like kids do?
I suppose it is because of all the stress of today's world. Maybe there is stress about money or family or relationships. Maybe adults have forgotten how smiling and joy is actually good for their health.
There have been some recent studies that show that smiling have at least these 7 health benefits:
1. Improved Mood
2. Relieves Pain
3. Lowers Blood Pressure
4. Builds a Stronger Immune System
5. Relieves Stress
6. Creates Better Relationships
7. Gives a Younger Appearance.
Would it surprise you if I told you that over 2700 years ago, God said, "A merry heart does good like a medicine."? Proverbs also says, "A glad heart makes a happy face." God knew that our health depends on our smile. He even said that the fruit of the Spirit is JOY.
Here is today's challenge. Kids, try to make the adults in your life smile at least 100 times today. Tell a funny joke, remind them of a funny story, do something silly, or give them a hug. It will relieve their stress, and make your day better.