Ha! I knew that title would get you here. Tricky aren’t I? Seriously though, it feels like my face is literally falling off sometimes.
Ever have those moments when you glance at a mirror and just like your chest (yes, even you guys) everything seems to have moved downward? If not, you may not be over 30.
Here’s the thing – as we age everything does move downward, it’s a natural reaction to gravity. We’re born to resist gravity, but the odds are heavily stacked against us. Humans actually do quite well, learning to stand, usually around six months old, when Mother Earth is doing her damnedest to keep us lying down. We manage to keep walking for the greater majority of our lives, in general. But the entire time, Sir Isaac Newton’s great discovery is working on us, pulling at us, until finally our body begins to give way.
There are a couple of tools in our bag, though, that we don’t use as regularly as we should. First use gravity against itself. Find a way to turn your world upside down. If you can’t stand on your head anymore and can’t afford one of those anti-gravity thingees then at least lie down with your legs on a chair or couch. If you’re really ambitious, start with your butt on the couch, stick your legs up the wall behind it, then put your upper body over the front side. Stay that way for a few minutes every day and you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.
The very best thing you can do for your face is to smile. Smile as big and as often as you can. The old saying “It takes more muscles to frown than to smile” forgets to point out that the natural set of our faces without either a smile or a frown takes no muscle work at all, yet it does nothing to enhance our natural beauty. Even a toothless grin on a world weary face, where the eyes crinkle too, has splendor. So, exercise your face with a smile whenever you can. It’s good for your face muscles and it’s good for the world.
So, that’s my anti-gravity program in a nutshell. Smile so your face won’t fall off!