I figured out the key to Levi’s success with getting women to flock to him. For all my men out there, listen up.

First off, smiling is good for your health. And science proves it.

From lowering your blood pressure, increasing endorphin levels, lowering stress levels, boosting your immune system, and simply making you more attractive to the rest of the human race (come on, who doesn’t need a little of that?), smiling has a tremendous effect on your body and your mood.

Smiling is also good for the health of those who see you.

People who smile more often have a positive effect on their environment, and are better received by others (Abel, MH, Hester, R. (2002).

Dr. Nigel Carter, CEO of the British Dental Health Foundation, stated “We have long been drawing attention to the fact that smiling increases happiness both in yourself and those around you, so it is good to receive the backing of this scientific research. A healthy smile can improve your confidence, help you make friends and help you to succeed in your career.”

Yet why do so few of us smile?

While it may not be terribly surprising that women smile an average of 62 times per day, men only smile an average of 8 times per day. If spread over 16 hours of wake time, that’s 1 smile every 2 hours for us guys.

Bros, think we can step it up a little?

And yet 99.7% of adults (*which includes women) say an attractive smile is an important personal asset.

*FREE TIP OF THE DAY – To my single male readers out there: this research suggests that maybe the key to landing a bride is stepping up the amount you smile. She apparently not only likes to smile, but likes seeing others smile.

It’s this simple fact that has lead me to conclude precisely why Levi has so many women flock to him: he’s a professional smiler at the age of 7 weeks.

Lord, help me. ch:




Billy. J · 19 Nov ’11 at 9:30 am

That’s so true! A smile does so much, so let’s make a point to smile constantly throughout the day!! πŸ™‚ Btw, good luck with Levi. Sure you’ll have a blast! Haha!

Leah Stockholm · 19 Nov ’11 at 9:59 am

=) Very true christopher….a simple smile can warm anyones heart!

Bit · 19 Nov ’11 at 10:16 am

Love it! And Levi of course!

Beth · 19 Nov ’11 at 10:34 am

So true. As a single woman the first thing I notice about a guy is their eyes & then their smile. Put the 2 together and you get smiling eyes. That can make anyone smile. Most girls want a guy who makes them smile & it’s easier to make someone smile if your smiling your self.
Love the pic of Levi. He can make any girls heart melt. All your boys have that ability. Love them!

Nathan R. · 19 Nov ’11 at 12:00 pm


Sam · 19 Nov ’11 at 5:11 pm

Oh man, I had to laugh after reading this post. Well done CH.

Christian Fahey · 19 Nov ’11 at 9:58 pm

A beautiful child. And a compelling post on the salubrious effects of a smile. But a little closer to home, this boy, like his siblings is a part of a marvelous legacy embodied in part by two very special men, both of whose necks I was privileged to embrace this morning. Seeing you and your daddy this morning made my day–and it was already a great day, in the company of another great man–even better. You have no idea. Yeah. πŸ™‚

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Nov ’11 at 12:13 pm

    We adore you, Christian. Thanks for your love of my family and continual encouragement.

Mandee Widrick · 20 Nov ’11 at 11:50 am

Aw!! Look at that grin! πŸ™‚

Theresa Eassa · 20 Nov ’11 at 10:13 pm

How precious is this picture! What a smile at 7 weeks. Not to mention that your words had a deep meaning but sorry Levi takes the attention on this posting. Speaking of attention… would have been so proud of Judah this morning at LifeTown. As I was holding a crying little one he came up to us and offered one of his cars to console the little one, how precious that was!

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Nov ’11 at 4:35 am

    Oh now that’s cute! Offering one of his “by-bys” is no small feat.

    Thanks for the comments, and love for my kids. πŸ™‚

mooney · 21 Nov ’11 at 4:34 pm

so true sir. I recently posted a video on the power of smiling from teddotcom (an incredible site!) Smiling more can extend your life.

Another interesting fact from the video, we mimic a smile involuntarily to help us determine if it’s authentic, so you smiling can FORCE others to! awesome!

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Nov ’11 at 8:13 am

    So cool! And yeah, gotta’ love TED. Amazing stuff. Thanks for sharing the link.

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