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Simply Smile


Simply Smile

The New Zealand Government ‘policy’ in relation to fighting COVID-19 is the emphasis the importance, and need, for kindness. Seen to be an incredibly powerful way to show that as a country and community we are united. 

One of the greatest expressions of kindness is to smile.  In supermarkets, in communities, in hospitals, on rest homes, and out of a quiet walk in the neighbourhood, people are making the time to smile. 

Given the seriousness of the pandemic some might argue there’s not a lot of reasons to smile…until the opportunity, or outcome, presents itself and the power of the smile wins through. The mantra of the movement Random Acts of Kindness is simply: Kindness is making someone smile if only for a moment. 

The infectiousness of a smile can wipe away concerns about the virus that has the world under attack. 

Making a difference is another manifestation of kindness. Expressed by:

  • checking in on older relatives or vulnerable people over the phone, to make sure they have everything they need.
  • talking to friends, whānau and neighbours over the phone to see how they are and if they need support.
  • acknowledging the support you receive from those who care for, and about, you with a smile of thanks.    

Just hoisting a few facial muscles producing a smile also pays dividend.

It’s amazing that the act of smiling, one of the most instinctive and simple of expressions, can have so much personal benefit as well. Including:  ​

  • Improved Mood. Smiling can boost your mood when you're feeling blue, and may be beneficial for people struggling with anxiety and depression.
  • Lower Blood Pressure.
  • Stress Relief.
  • Better Relationships.
  • Stronger Immune Function.
  • Pain Relief.
  • Longer Life. Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits, including reduced blood pressure. increased endurance and reduced pain.

Finally, remember the song performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Louis Armstrong.  “when you smile, the whole world smiles with you.   


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Date published: 15 April 2020

Review date: 15 April 2023