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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 joy to another person. Smiling is what grounds me; it stabilises and makes me feel more in control every day. Smiling helps me express to others who I really am and I can give different smiles depending on my mood. Smiling is my way of relieving stress and helps me overcome times of fear, anxiety and nervousness. 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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