50 Smiles Guaranteed to Make you Smile (get happy in less than 5 minutes)

Smile I

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ~Mother Teresa

It seems that with smiling, you can actually have your cake and eat it too!

Not only are smiles expressions of positive feelings (like happiness, excitement and enjoyment), the act of smiling, even if forced, enhances the very positive feelings that make us want to smile. So the smile is both cause and effect. The more we smile, even if we don’t particularly feel like it, the more we feel like it.

Moreover, one person’s smile is another person’s reason to smile. The smile, it turns out, is one of the most contagious of human conditions.

Why a post filled to the brim with happy faces?

This post is meant to instigate a ripple effect of smiles across the globe as you grin from your heart to your face (or your face to your heart, since smiling works in both directions) as you share your smile with others and they share theirs in turn (and please feel free to share this post with them too, while you’re in a sharing mood!).

Read the quotes and words under each photo and look at the smiley faces and see what happens to your own mood! Put yourself in the shoes of the happy faces and see if you can feel what they seem to be feeling.

And then just try not to smile. I bet you a 100 smiles you can’t make it to the end of this post without one creeping onto your kisser! 🙂

Smile III

The authenticity of a child’s smile touches us deeply, awakening a childlike quality in us as well. The innocence of their smiles opens something in us that shows up on our own faces.

Smile IV

“If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.” ~Chad Sugg

Smile V

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” ~Mother Teresa

Smile VI

Pure joy can’t be hid from the face that experiences it. And it shouldn’t be.

Smile VII

A real smile is the dew on the leaves of the soul. It is the cool breeze on a Spring day. It is the scent of freshness that wakes us up and stirs us to breathe deeply.

Smile VIII

A solid smile is a hearty thing. It causes us to smile along with the smiler. It bounces off one set of cheeks and gets stuck on our own.

Smile X

Soft. Simple. True. The smile of a child warms us like the sun after a cold day.

Smile XI

Enough said.

Smile XII

The joy a family can share in a moment when hearts bond are solidified by the smiles caught in time and remembered forever.

Smile XIII

Even when smiles are obscured, eyes smile just as joyfully.

Smile 14

There is no smile more innocent and pure than a baby’s sudden exultation of delight.

Smile 15

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Smile 16

“It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. We should all smile more often.” ~Steve Maraboli

Smile 17

Smiles don’t shrink or diminish with use; they catch like wildfire, spreading happiness while consuming sadness, devouring the funk in the heat of the joy that is expressed authentically in the moment.

Smile 18

There is no salute or greeting or expression of interest greater or more rewarding than a genuine smile.

Smile 19

“Peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Teresa

Smile 20

Some smiles explode off little faces in a way that obliterate the stresses and frustrations of a long day.

Smile 21

Smiles are contagious things.

Smile 22

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss

Smile 23

“The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back.” ~Bryant H. McGill

Smile 24

The smile of a child is heaven’s way of reminding us that absolute beauty exists in a world that doesn’t always remember.

Smile 25

There are smiles of appreciation and gratitude. There are knowing smiles. There are smiles that express the wonderment of life. And there are silly smiles. And then sometimes, there are smiles that seem to reflect all those things rolled into a single grin.

Smile 26

“Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.” ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

Smile 27

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda

Hide an authentic smile as you wish, it will always seep to the surface of the face, settling into the lines, lifting the cheeks and sparkling in the eyes.

Smile 28

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” ~Mark Twain

Smile 29

“It takes a lot of energy to be negative. You have to work at it. But smiling is painless. I’d rather spend my energy smiling.” ~Eric Davis

Smile 30

“Most smiles are started by another smile.” ~Frank A. Clark

Smile 31

A smile can undo a decade of pain. It can lift and inspire and comfort and sooth.

Smile 32

“Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.” ~Susanna Moodie

Smile 34

Confident smiles are sexy smiles. There need not be any flirtatiousness or immodesty. Just the soft smile that captures a simple acceptance of self and life is all that’s needed.

What a smile!

“Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.” ~Thomas Gray

Smile 36

A child’s smile reminds me that the divine glows warmly in the heart and soul.

Smile 37

Us human types tend to mimic our surroundings. Depressed people tend to bring others down. Anxious people make us nervous. When others shout, we often start raising our voices, usually without realizing it and even when unnecessary. We’re so sensitive to our surroundings (and smiles are just so darned contagious) that even smiling animals and statues can put a smile on our faces.

Fiesta de San Isidro; Jinotega, Jintoega, Nicaragua

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” ~Joseph Addison

Smile 39

“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” ~Lord Byron

Smile 40

“Smiles are the language of love.” ~David Hare


You have now been officially inundated with joy. Come back as often as needed (or wanted) to get a double dose of smile-inspired happiness. In fact, you may want to bookmark this post so you can come back over and over again to get your smile fix!

A smile is a magical thing. It melts the grime of life off the skin and replaces darkened minds with light and softens hardened hearts with the gentle caress of love.

Now go spread the joy!

Your turn …

  • How did you feel by the end of the post?
  • Which smile was your favorite?
  •  Are you a smiler? Why or why not?

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