Perhaps you remember the Louis Armstrong song; “When you’re smiling.” The song speaks the reality of human psychology: “When you smiling, when you smiling, the whole world smiles with you. Yes when you laughing oh when you laughing the sun comes shining through. But when you crying, you bring on the rain, so stop your sighing and be happy again. Keep on smiling, keep on smiling and the whole world smiles with you” (Did you read the lyrics or begin singing?)
I’m sure you’ve experienced a child falling and if you make a worried or sad face they begin to cry, but if you make a happy face they get up with a giggle thinking the experience was fun. Well, smiles are that powerful! They convey receptiveness and joy, instill acceptance and hope, provide comfort, and are as contagious as a yawn.
Did you know smiling does the body good? It’s true, smiling activates the releases of neurotransmitters. Every time you smile dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are released into your bloodstream, relaxing the body and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. What’s more endorphins are natural painkillers with no side effects unless you smile too big and long that your cheeks hurt!
Undoubtedly a smile makes everyone more attractive. Even babies become more adorable when they smile and they smile a lot, especially when they are sleeping. In fact, ultrasounds have caught babies smiling in the womb.
Smiling has the ability to bright your spirits and the spirits of everyone around. Smiling can change your disposition because it’s a lot like gratitude. We can’t always control what happens to us but if we keep smiling we can change our perspective on life. So let your smile change the world instead of letting the world change your smile.
Taking the words of St. Paul to the Philippians, “I have learned to be content in whatever the circumstances,” you can practice smiling in good times and through struggles. You see our brains do not know the difference between a fake smile and a real smile. So when you don’t feel like smiling is the best time to begin smiling. The more often you wear a smile, even when you don’t want to, the more you’ll find yourself naturally feel like smiling.
Incidentally your smile can be heard during a phone call. People love talking to smiling people, and not as much to those without a smile. Don’t deadpan people know they’re never fully dressed without a smile?
The Massacre Mill (Steam Threshers on 127) has been scaring people large number of people every Friday and Saturday during October. If you’ve been wanting to get your heart racing be sure to get there this weekend.
This Saturday, October 28 is the Annual Versailles Athletic Boosters Dinner Auction. For last minute reservations contact Cathy Peters at 937-214-2974.
Sunday, October 29 is the Versailles Eagles Auxiliary breakfast buffet from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with “All You Can Eat” sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, toast, coffee and juice for $8 for adults and all Kids under 10 who come dressed in their Halloween costume eats free (with a paid adult breakfast) otherwise their meal would be $4 for children 4-10 and children 3 and under always eat free.
Also Sunday St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willowdell will hold its annual “open to the public” Soup Dinner from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be ham sandwiches and desserts in addition to popular homemade soups. Free will offerings will be directed to the expenses of Dwight and Deena Wulber’s medical expenses.
Don’t forget Versailles holds their Trick or Treat this Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m.
The Museum will hold another “open to the public” informative and educational program Monday, October 30 at 1 p.m.
Mark your calendars for the “open to the public” weekly Bid Euchre Tournament held at the Bunker (below the Vets Club, 106 S. Center St.) every Thursday beginning November 2 at 7 p.m. with weekly prizes. And next Sunday, November 5, from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the Lions Club will hold their “All You Can Eat” Breakfast with pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice for $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free.
Don’t forget the time change on November 5—Fall Back.
Happy to Erin Horst, Sarah Lester, Jennifer Shields, Suzy Grilliot, Debbie Richard , Bob Nixon, Catherine Grow, Amy Harman, Martha Oliver, Judy Marshal, Madison Henry, Shelby Marie Smith, Jerry Paulus, Noreen Wendell, Kathy Schulze, Renee Dirksen, Marilyn Schmitmeyer, T.J. Suter, Jana Francis, Mercedes Fellers, Bonnie Paulus, Louie Huber, Rose Whittaker, Doug Schmitmeyer, and Mark Barga, as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes to Haley and Brian Francis (7), Amy and Brian Wagner (22), Janet and Don Pothast (25), Vicki and Steve Buschur (26), Mary Ann and Randy Grilliot (27), Cindy and Tom Schulze, Karen and Dale Luthman (38), Sharon and Jim Siders (40), Karen and Jim Raterman (42), Mary and Joe Larger (42), Karen and Frank Fullenkamp (45), Donna and Tim Wagner (47) and Jean and Jack Turpen (52+).
Congratulations to all the extracurricular school organization’s successes; such as marching band, all the sports and FFA.
Please give your supportive and healing prayers to the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for John Worden, Ed Bulcher, Jane Huber, Mary Margaret Fullenkamp, Aiden Meyer, Sylvester Meyer, Earl Gigandet, Madison Berger, Tony Gehret, Terry and Donna Black, John Magoto, Lois Magoto, Phyllis Oliver, Tim Bayless, Pooch Barga (VHCC), Chris Apple, Ruth Wirrig (VHCC), Wilma Heiby (VHCC), Carl DeMange, Rosie Cordonnier, Miriam Harman, Jack Monnin, Mary Batty, Norma Magoto, Betty Kremer (VHCC), Denny Grilliot, Beverly Brown, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Mary Barga, Anabelle Subler (VHCC), Julia Billenstein, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Dan Monnin, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard (VHCC), Samantha Smith and those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Goings (74), Romaine Berger, (86), and Harry Moody (87), also remembering within our hearts the lives Agnes Pohlman, Joe Eilerman, Dennis Cruse, Tom Magoto, Sr., Norb Schlater, Bill Thompson, Bonnie Gilmore, Ralph Winner, Barney Barnhardt, Vicki Kindred, Marge Giere and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing nears.
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” ~Mother Teresa
“Happiness is right under your nose…Smile” ~C. Edwards
“Most smiles are started by another smile.” ~Frank A. Clark
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” Phyllis Diller
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.