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 The Gift of Smiling and Activity Professionals

Older People Smiling

Activity Professionals are skilled at honoring their resident's stories and nurturing their goals and dreams. To honor National Professional Activities Week, January 23-29, I want to share the I Smile Meditative Movement™ with you. It is a great way to enhance your own health and your resident's wellbeing.

Yes, smiling is simple. Yet I invite you to practice the I Smile Meditative Movement™ because it gives you an opportunity to pay closer attention to what a smile does for you and to you. You can mindfully explore this powerful movement that enhances your precious moments. You can feel lighter and happier. When you give your smiles away, you acknowledge and encourage the other person. When your residents receive your smile, they feel your love and it nourishes their inner worth.

You can watch our online I Smile Meditative Movement™ video or follow along below.

  1. After you read the instructions, close your eyes which signals to your body that you are focusing inward.
  2. Pay attention to the normal position of your facial muscles. Now practice your smile and hold your smile for a count of four. If any thoughts arise that critique what you are doing, let them go. Return your facial muscles to their original position. Do this several times until you feel that your smile is natural.
  3. Integrate your breath and notice any subtle changes. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose. Exhale through your mouth and smile. Can you hear your breathe being released? I recommend performing your smile three more times.
  4. Now align your thoughts with your body's actions. Inhale. Exhale as you say, "I Smile" and move your facial muscles into your smiling position. Hold the smile for a count of four. Now practice all three together (breath, affirmation, movement) three more times.
  5. Now that you've completed roughly twelve smiles, your facial muscles are all warmed up. Are you feeling good on the inside and outside and ready to give your smiles away?

Feeling good on the inside and outside, are you ready to give away your smiles to your residents? If yes, I'd love to hear how many you give away today.

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