Playing football as a youngster was a great way to pass the time, we could hardly wait for summer to play what is known as scrimmage, a shorter version of football. I guess by now you are wondering what does the topic ‘what a smile can do‘ has to do with football?
One of my favourite player of football was Ronaldinho, (Brazil’s 2002 World Cup championship team and twice won the FIFA World Player of the Year award) footballer who was blessed with exceptional skills and a hell of a smile. Something about the way he played the game with that smile on his face kept me glued to him. In an interview he spoke a little about his life and so here is what I took from the interview.
Practice your smile, no matter what is going on in your life, you can smile. Go take your mirror and practice your smile, if we carry a smile with us everywhere we go it will transfer to the soul and eventually transfer to the person beside us and then less stressful persons, contributing to less accidents, breakups, murders, oh and I can go on forever.
Smile with your eyes, after research I learned that the natural smile is called a Duchenne smile. It’s not something you can fake; when you’re forced to smile for photos, your eyes don’t smile. It’s only when you truly feel like smiling that you flash a Duchenne. The eyes are essential for a genuine, warm smile. Ronaldinho said that in his life was chaos but when he played football, it filled his soul. If you practice to smile with your eyes, the muscles of memory will trigger and you should be a winner, what a smile can do?
Good oral Hygiene is important, just brush regularly and you should be good, there is enough information that will assist you with that, I just had to put that in.
See life as an adventure, to be perceived as a happy person as against the guy who is so serious requires practice. Intense times can make us too serious. See life as an adventure, be gentle on yourself and allow your inner child to play. Being playful will bring a smile to your face much more easily so what a smile can do, it’s everything.
I am not even going to talk about wrinkles on the face or all of the benefits of smiling but to say it is a good long-term predictor of happier life outcomes. It’s correlated with health, happiness, friends, success, and a longer life. All the best to Ronaldinho and thanks for an era of good football and a killer smile.