While in India, there was so much to smile about, so many beautiful people and experiences. But one of the things I noticed the most is that the Indian people are always smiling! Even when when they have little or are working very hard, they have a smile on their face. Are you smiling during your yoga practice? If so, why not? Do smile during your meals? How about when you are with your family?
Just smiling can be very powerful! Smiling for a little as 20 seconds can start to trigger a positive change in you and in others around you. The smile tells the body to produce those "feel good hormones" that we need to improve our mood! (serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, etc). It can also begin to reduce pain by triggering the body's natural pain killers.
Smiling is contagious and will also uplift those around you! So, when your day is not the best, and you are struggling to find some joy, SMILE! You can fake it until your mood catches up with your face!