10 Reasons To Keep Smiling

10 Reasons To Keep Smiling

Even when life gets you down, there's always a reason to keep smiling.
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Everyone reaches that one point in their life where it seems like everything seems to be overwhelming, nothing seems to be going right, or you're just down. Whether its a bad break up, the stress of school, loss of a loved one or just the stresses of every day life, there is always a reason to smile. Even though it may be tough sometimes to keep that smile, once you allow that smile to stay on your face, you will be happier. You will realize that the things in life that bring you down are not all that life has to offer. No matter how bad things may seem, it is still worth it to keep going. The first step is a simple smile. Like the song says, "You'll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile." If you don't believe that, here are 10 things to show, there is so much in life to smile at.

1. You woke up today.

You are alive and living. You have a chance to do something great today. You can right the wrongs of yesterday and even prepare for a better day tomorrow. Regardless, you have today and you should make the most out of it. Don't waste the day wallowing in self pity and sadness. Go out and do something, make the most out of your day because you never know when it will be your last.

2. Your smile can make another person's day.

Whether it's your best friend, your parents, or even a stranger on the street, your smile can affect someone's day. Someone could be having a really bad day and by simply giving them a smile, they can turn their whole day around. A smile can make anybody feel better. Maybe your friend is having a horrible day and your smile can be the only highlight of their day. A smile has more power than you think. Know that your simple facial expression can make someone very happy or just give them the strength to keep going. A smile really does do the trick so don't ever feel afraid to share your smile with someone else.

3. You did something you thought you could never do.

Maybe today you got that last rep that you thought you would never get. Maybe you improved your mile time. Maybe today you gave a good answer in class. We all doubt ourselves and our abilities every now and then and the best thing that we can do is just put a smile on our face and tell ourselves we can do it and then smile even more when we actually do it.

4. Smiling lowers stress.

All that effort that you put into your smile will take your mind off anything stressing you out. Even scientists have found that those who smile more, often have a decrease in heart rate, and recover more quickly than those who show no facial expression. Smiling is not only good for your mind, but also for your health.

5. Your smile is contagious.

One smile can lead to many others. Everyone likes a good smile and sometimes a smile is so nice that you just can't help but smile back.

6. Your smile is beautiful.

Like I said before, a smile can make anyone's day and why is that? because your smile is beautiful and can make anybody feel good about themselves. Don't be afraid to share your smile because even if you may not love it, someone else does. But you should love it because you are a beautiful person, and therefore your smile is beautiful, and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

7. You have your health.

You don't have a cold. You don't have the flu. You are not terminally ill. There are people out there with life threatening illnesses fighting them every day. Just be happy you are in good health and not suffering like them. Be happy you are in good health and using your mouth to smile rather than coughing. Enjoy your good health and smile knowing you can live your life as much as you can.

8. You have your friends.

Your friends, your real friends have been there for you through thick and thin, and they will be here to support you no matter what. They are there for the good, and for the bad, and love you no matter what. They put up with your crazy antics and appreciate all the kind gestures you show them. They chose to be your friend and they are willing to take time out of their day to spend it with you. Appreciate the time you have with them and cherish all the moments you have, whether it was a night of partying, a random trip to the city, a camping trip, fun day at the beach, or just simply hanging out in your basement. You have done a lot together and are close, like family. They have seen you at your best and have been there for you when you were at your worst. Look back on your time with them, and when you think of them, you will catch yourself smiling.

9. You have your family.

They have been there for you since day one. They have watched you grow from a crying little baby to the young adult you are now today. They have helped get you through the rough times and will always be there for you no matter what. They love you no matter what and will always be your number one support system. Yes, they may drive you crazy every now and then, but know that everything they do is out of love. They only want what is best for you. Remember those fun vacations you took together, or just those fun times in the backyard. Your family will always be the most important thing in your life no matter what. They may not be perfect, but they are your family, and you wouldn't want it any other way.

10. You are here for a reason.

Everyone has a purpose in life and we are here for a reason. Don't ever let yourself or somebody else let you believe that you have no purpose. You were put in this world for a reason and your life does have meaning. You can do whatever you set your mind to and you can accomplish anything. You will make a difference, whether it is finding the cure for the common cold, or simply making someone's day better. The only people telling you, you can't do something is someone who tried and failed. Sometimes you will fail, but failure is a part of life. All you can do is just dust yourself off, clean your wounds, and keep on going. You will make a difference and most importantly, you will be happy.

Life is not easy and it does not come without its hurdles. Have the strength to jump over those hurdles and keep going. The first step to getting over those hurdles is a smile. A smile makes a big difference and will give you the strength to keep moving forward. Life may be rough now, but trust me when I say, it is all worth it in the end. You will get to where you need to be and you will be happy. The first step is just to smile. So turn that frown upside down and keep on smiling.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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How To Change Your Life With Just One Word

Let it inspire you to reach new heights.

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Let me let you in on a seldom recognized truth: Change is possible, but focus is required.

You don't need a gym membership or more will power, a new planner or new job to make the changes you desire this year as much as you need clarity and sustained focus over time.

Our resolutions seldom work because they are based on the type of person we're tired of being rather than who we want to become. Plus, resolutions can be "broken," leaving no room for the process of growth. What if our hopes for ourselves centered instead on who we want to become, and the transformation process?

The question is, how? Pick one word that replaces broken promises with a vision for real change. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. When you choose a single word, you have a clarity and focus. You are moving toward the future rather than swearing off the past.

Here's a list of my favorite one word inspirations. What will your word be?

Hope. 

To hope for something is to desire that thing, and to believe, rightly or wrongly, that the probability of it happening, though less than one, is greater than nought. If the probability of it happening is one or very close to one, it is not a hope but an expectation; if it is nought it is a fantasy; and if it is very close to nought it is a wish. The borderline between a hope and a wish is moot, and more a question of emphasis than anything else.

Courage. 

Courage is the secret sauce that allows you to act despite your fears. Courage gives you the ability to put aside your fear of failure and take the first steps. Courage helps you overcome the fear of rejection and engage in your own life. Courage allows you to attempt things that you have not tried before, despite your fear of looking foolish.

Determined. 

For me, having determination keeps me in control and motivated to continue along the path of achieving my long term goal in life. Without that, I would not be able to push through and keep moving forward when times start to get tough. It's important to know what gives you that determination to keep going, and remember that answer when you are faced with adversity or a challenging situation.

Strength. 

Everyone possesses mental strength to some degree. But the stronger you are, the more likely you are to achieve bigger and better goals. Whether your ambition is to run a marathon, or your goal is to double your revenue, you'll likely experience self-doubt at one time or another. Questioning your goal—and your ability to achieve it—is a normal part of the attainment process. But when you're mentally strong, you'll be able to reframe your negative self talk so you can continue working toward your goal with increased confidence.

Clarity. 

As we evolve and discover ourselves more and more, everything becomes more clear.

Our wants, needs, and desires show themselves to us more. We see them more clearly. Clarity becomes more of our friend and less scary.

Confidence. 

The more confident you become, the more you'll be able to calm the voice inside you that says, "I can't do it." You'll be able to unhook from your thoughts and take action in line with your values.

Purpose. 

When recovering from anything, routine creates purpose. And purpose creates meaning. And the rhythm that comes with purpose sets into motion physical, emotional and spiritual awakenings that significantly aid well-being.

Vivacious. 

If you don't use it, you'll lose it. Aim to be able to describe your life as full and zestful by doing things you enjoy and can feel fulfilled about.

Thankful. 

Gratitude promotes optimism and helps us to develop a more positive outlook. It lets us pause for a moment to reflect on something we have in our life right now instead of always striving for more … the next goal, the new dress, the new toy, the new car, or the house renovation …

Gratitude is simply cultivating a genuine appreciation for what we already have.

Loved. 

It is more important to act with the intention of being generous than it is to expend significant resources.

In other words, as echoed in Mother Teresa's famous quote, it is more important to do small things with great love than to do great things with little love.

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