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A Year of Gifting Week 13


We've 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 time. 

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!

Denver, 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 website at 

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

COST:  Free


10 Benefits to Smiling

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive-We are 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.

 4. 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.

 5. 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.

 6. 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?

 7. 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.

 8. 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.

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