Smile is a charity

Smile is a charity

Smile is a charity

Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him said that our smile to the others is a charity. Let us read what modern researches say…..

New research held by a group of scientists at the University of Portsmouth suggested that Smiling affects how we speak, to the point that listeners can identify the type of smile based on sound alone.

The research, which also suggested that some people have “smilier” voices than others, adds to the growing body of evidence that smiling and other expressions pack a strong informational punch and may even impact us on a subliminal level.

“When we listen to people speaking we may be picking up on all sorts of cues, even unconsciously, which help us to interpret the speaker,” said lead author of the report, Amy Drahota.

Psychologists tell us that Smiling is a great way to make our body function better and to improve our health, stress level, and our attractiveness.

Hence they believe that Smiling is just one fun way to live longer and they give us some ten consequences of smiling:

  1. People are drawn to those who smile as there is an attraction factor to cheerful people.
  2. Smiling Changes Our Mood.
  3. Smiling Is Contagious as people who are smiling is lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier.

  1. Smiling relieves stress as stress can show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed.
  2. Smiling Boosts our Immune System because it helps the immune system to work better. When we smile, immune function improves possibly because we are more relaxed.
  3. Smiling Lowers the Blood Pressure as when we smile, there is a measurable reduction in blood pressure.
  4. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin.so all together make us feel good and doctors consider Smiling as a natural drug.
  5. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes us Look Younger because used muscles to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger.
  6. Smiling Makes us Seem Successful because smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached.
  7. Smiling Helps us Stay Positive because When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!”.

Another research conducted in Sweden exposed participants to images of faces while they monitored their facial muscles through electromyography (EMGs). When exposed to happy faces, participants moved their zygomatic major muscle (used in smiling); when exposed to sad faces, participants moved their corrugator supercilii muscle (used in frowning).

Participants did this even when the stimuli were hidden and rapidly presented. Participants were usually unaware that they even moved their muscles. Drs. Ursula Hess and Sylvie Blairy conducted a study where participants viewed video clips of a person expressing anger, sadness, disgust, and happiness.

Results showed that participants consistently mimicked each of those expressions. These studies support that when you smile at someone, their muscles maneuver into a smile as well.

A well-known study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrated the impact of smiling on life satisfaction. Researchers analyzed the yearbook pictures of 111 smiling women at age 21, fifty of which displayed authentic-Duchenne smiles. Participants expressing genuine positive emotions in their yearbook picture were more likely to be married and have higher well-being than their non-Duchenne smiling classmates.

This study was replicated in Australia in 2006 and demonstrated similar results. Duchenne smiles correlated with experiencing less negative emotions and an increased sense of competence.

People and smile

People around the world who believe in the power of the smile say that smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

Also, people believe that a smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen.

Smile in Islam

Allah Almighty the creator of all creatures confirm that He is Alone the One responsible for making us able to smile or cry as He says :

(And that it is He (Allah) Who makes (whom He wills) laugh, and makes (whom He wills) weep)

{ Sûrat An-Najm – The Star -verse43}.

Indeed, because He is the One Who created our facial muscles which enable us to laugh or cry.

Also He Almighty tells us about believers at the day of resurrection by saying:

(But this Day (the Day of Resurrection) those who believe will laugh at the disbelievers* On (high) thrones, looking (at all things)* Are not the disbelievers paid (fully) for what they used to do?)

{ Sûrat Al-Mutaffifîn – Those Who Deal in Fraud -verse34-36}.

Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him urges us to smile as he says in the prophetic hadith” your smile for others is a charity”[Hadith Sahih- by Al-Albany].

Definitely, you (Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him) say the truth and nothing but the truth as Allah Almighty swear by the stars when saying:

(By the star when it goes down, (or vanishes)* Your companion (Muhammad ) has neither gone astray nor has erred* Nor does he speak of (his own) desire* It is only an Inspiration that is inspired.)

{ Sûrat An-Najm – The Star -verse1-4}

By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel

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