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Smiling. Such a simple word, such a simple gesture. Is it possible that something so simple, so seemingly insignificant, could fill the world with so much happiness? Yes, in fact, I believe in the power of a simple smile. We live in a world where people feel the most comfortable inside their own little bubble, shielded from the “outside world”. However, you can say that I am an exception. For as long as I can remember, I have always been a smiley person, throwing wide grins at anything or anyone that came my way. I never really understood why I smiled, I just did. It wasn’t until one of my friends asked me “Why are you always so happy?” that I began to actually wonder why I was always smiling. I remember how my first day of secondary school went, it was smiles, smiles and even more smiles. To everyone I smiled at, they all either returned a cheerful smile or a small smile that screamed awkwardness. Well, all except for one. She was a rather shy girl, who rarely spoke and preferred doing things on her own. I wasn’t sure if I was just staring at her or aimlessly blanking out during class, but when our eyes met, I knew I had to do something. Slowly, I felt the ends of my lip start to curve up. I was expecting her to turn away and ignore me, but to my utmost surprise, she smiled back. It was just a little smile at first, but as it grew it slowly revealed her teeth, showcasing a toothy grin as she smiled brightly at me. Her smile was so genuine. Instantly, warmth spread through my body and I was satisfied. I was satisfied because I knew that my simple action had brightened up her day, even if it was just a teeny tiny bit. According to research, smiling releases endorphins, chemicals that make you happier. Through this, I realised that smiling not only takes less than three seconds, but it can lighten up a mood and most importantly, bring happiness to another person. Smiling is what grounds me; it stabilises and makes me feel more in control every day. Smiling is my way of relieving stress and helps me overcome times of fear, anxiety and nervousness. Smiling helps me express to others my proudest moments. And now, I know why I love to smile. To me, smiling is the universal sign of happiness and I will choose to live each day with a smile on my face. Every smile is beautiful whether it is young or old, full or toothless, big or small. Smiles are wonderful and I believe in the power of a smile to enrich the happiest experiences in my life. This I believe: The Power of a Smile.

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