At the beginning of this year, I posted Fighting Parkinson’s, and 2016…the year of love! One way you can show your love to the world and share your love with the world is to smile. Never underestimate the power of your smile.
That’s it! Begin by looking in the mirror and sharing your love with the one who is staring back at you. It may surprise you to know, but if you do this, the one who is staring back at you will smile back at you.
And it feels good. So, why not do it some more. Find another person with whom to share your smile. Your smile will help with your recovery. One of the things about Parkinson’s is that you lose your ability to feel joy. Mostly, you are consumed with how badly you feel physically, mentally and spiritually. The feeling of joy opens your heart and helps the dopamine flow.
First, you need to know that if you hide Parkinson’s, then Parkinson’s wins. Second, if people are staring at you it probably is because you are moving slowly and walking poorly. They are not thinking bad thoughts about you; they probably are confused. There is an easy fix to this. Look the person in the eye and smile. It is the compassionate thing to do for you and for the other person.
And when you smile, make it a big, ear-to-ear smile. That kind of smile shines your love from the inside and that sends a message to the other person that says, “Thank you for your compassion. I am okay.” This act all by itself will help open your dopamine faucet. But wait, it does not stop there — generally, smiles are infectious, particularly effervescent smiles. Most of the time when you share a smile, you get one back.
This compounds the joy. The other person smiles back and their heart opens and feels joy.
Look at the power of your smile:
1. The way it is now. You are shuffling through the parking lot at the grocery store and sense somebody staring at you. Your tremors rage, you are stiff and slow, you look at the ground and you wish there was a hole you could go into. The other person remains confused by your situation and reaction. They feel pity for you.
2. Same scenario with a big loving, effervescent smile. You are shuffling through the parking lot at the grocery store and sense somebody staring at you. You look them in the eye and smile, your heart opens and you feel joy. They see your smile and smile back, and they feel joy. They have compassion for you as expressed in their smile. You see them smile back, and you feel even more joy than before…and here’s the proof that your joy opens your dopamine faucet a bit — your tremors do not rage, you do not slow down, you do not stiffen up, and you do not look at the ground — instead, you are looking for the next person with whom to share your smile because it feels so good.
That is the power of your loving, effervescent smile. Oh, yes, I almost forgot. Your smile sends a message to your Parkinson’s, a loud and clear message that says, “Parkinson’s, I am not afraid of you, I will not hide you, and I will not hide from you. When you try to shake me up in public, I will fight you with a smile, feel the joy in my heart and let my dopamine flow. I have the power to heal myself, and I am!” And then smile at your Parkinson’s…it won’t know what to do.
You can do this.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,