Year of Gifting Week 13
completed our first quarter of A Year of Gifting. I've received so many wonderful comments and
suggestions on the charities we've been learning about over the past 12 weeks. As I mentioned when we started this, there
would be opportunities to donate a minimum of $3-$10.00 a week to a different
charity that you'll learn about and there would be opportunities to donate your
This week is
an opportunity to donate your time, no donations involved. There is an upcoming event to take place in
Denver on Saturday, July 9th called Smile Denver, the details are
listed below, Imagine Peace will be helping out and we're seeking up to 99
volunteers for the day of the event. The
ultimate goal is to get 10,000 people in one area in downtown Denver to simply
smile at the same time and inspire people to do the same. Katie Haley is the visionary and her website
is listed below. I've also researched
the web and found 10 benefits of smiling.
Send me an e mail if you'd like to participate and we'll get you all the
details. Come join me on July 9th
as we inspire the world with our smiles!
Smile Denver! Event
Making a difference in Denver with 10,000 smiles!
June 3, 2011: On Saturday
July 9, 2011, more than 10,000 people will gather in Denver to participate in
the first annual Smile Denver! Event
to change the world by smiling. Participants and volunteers will gather along
the 16th street mall area in Denver at 3:00 PM to smile at others in a unified
showing of kindness and love. The Smile Denver! Event is part of a
growing national movement to lighten up the world by sharing smiles with
strangers and inspiring others to do the same.
Event founder, Katie Haley, believes that by having thousands of people
come together at one time to simply smile at others is a free and easy way to
make a difference.
"The vision of Smile
Denver! is 10,000 people smiling. We all have a plethora of smiles, and
smiling can change someone's day, week, or life. A genuine smile can make a difference. I am asking people to smile at each other
more. Smile at the grocery store clerk. Smile at the police officer. Smile at the driver who cut you off in
traffic. Smile at the person holding the
cardboard sign on the street corner. " says Katie Haley.
Those interested in volunteering or participating in the event
can visit the Smile Denver! Event
DATE: Saturday July 9 2011
TIME: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
LOCATION: On the 16th Street Mall near
the Clocktower (Intersection of 16th and Arapahoe) in Downtown Denver
10 Benefits to Smiling
1. Smiling Makes Us
drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a
smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all
push people away -- but a smile draws them in.
2. Smiling Changes Our
Mood-Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's
a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body
into helping you change your mood.
3. Smiling Is Contagious-When someone is smiling they lighten up the
room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person
brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.
Smiling Relieves Stress-Stress
can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking
tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a
smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.
Smiling Boosts Your Immune System-Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile,
immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu
and colds by smiling.
Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure-When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood
pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a
few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading
while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin-Studies have shown that smiling releases
endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us
feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.
Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger-The muscles we use to smile lift the face,
making a person appear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your
way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.
9. Smiling Makes
You Seem Successful-Smiling
people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely
to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will
react to you differently.
10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive-Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of
something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. When we smile our body
is sending the rest of us a message that "Life is Good!" Stay away
from depression, stress and worry by smiling.
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the
only sunshine he sees all day. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You,
compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
To learn more
about Imagine Peace Foundation and its vision or A Year of Gifting go to www.imaginepeacefoundation.org. Please share this
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