Thought For The Day 10/17/14


Turn That Frown Upside Down!

Thought 1315


neill patrick harris


A 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. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

Author Unknown


One of my favorite things to do is people watch. And in doing that, I have come to notice something that can’t possibly be a coincidence. I notice that when people are shopping alone, they tend to be more serious and often have a somber expression on their face. Their steps are often faster and more purposeful, but they seem to hold no joy in their hearts for what it is that they are doing. However just look at shoppers who are there in a group of 2 or more. Their steps seem more casual and they seem to browse, all the time chatting and laughing with each other. It is as if their sole purpose for being there is for the sharing of companionship with another, despite the fact that they may well have a shopping list in hand.


I bet that everyone reading this has heard the expression “it takes more muscles to make a frown than it does to make a smile”! But did you know that this is not true? In reality, it takes 11 muscles to frown and 12 muscles to smile. But there’s something very interesting about the smile versus frown issue. Did you know that it takes less effort to smile that it does to frown?


Researchers have found that since people tend to smile more, the muscles in the face which allow us to smile, have much better tone. And just like sit ups tone the abdominal’s resulting in a better physique, smiling can give us a better visage and it certainly does a lot for our mental well-being. Studies show that when people were directed to adopt a facial expression of anger or pain, that the body followed suit raising the blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rate. And similarly, people who were directed to smile reported an increased sense of happiness and well-being. Even though they knew they were simply acting, their body did not!



take a smile
Take a SMILE from here…

Put it on your face… 

Wear it everyday… 

And then SHARE it with someone else!!!


 “Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.”

Psalm 97:11-12 NIV 


“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

Isaiah 55:12 NIV


And if these words aren’t enough, remember this…..




Mandy 2014

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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