OPINION: Reasons to be cheerful

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Smile and the world smiles with you. It costs nothing, provides a warm welcome and can leave a long-lasting impression.

We also use fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

And when it comes to turning a frown upside down, there’s no better place to live than Sheffield.

Despite the wettest January we care to remember, Steel City folk are beaming today after being named the most cheerful people in the happiest city in the UK.

But it’s not a shock, is it?

There’s even an award for it – the Sheffield Smile, sponsored by The Star, which we hand out every year at Sheffield Hospitality Awards.

Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s favourite Sheffield hotel worker, Das Batty, pocketed the trophy after taking Ronnie’s shirts home to iron late at night, helping him to look the part when he won. The Copthorne Hotel worker did it with a smile.

Let’s face it, there’s lots of reasons to be H-A-P-P-Y in Sheffield.

Healthy lifestyles are on the up in our city of sport, with amazing facilities from the EIS to Ponds Forge and iceSheffield.

Appearance matters.

Gone are smoky factories, replaced by a modern landscape of award-winning buildings which cheer us up.

Personality is something the city has in abundance – likable, friendly, warm and larger than life.

Positive ‘can do’ is the attitude which has always defined the city – an unquestionable commitment to survive.

You, of course, make the difference – Sheffieders are more satisfied than the UK’s average city dweller with family life, where you live, your shape, weight and appearance, says the new report.

It’s not the first time we’ve topped a list of Britain’s happiest cities. A poll last year ranked sex highly on the list of factors that keep us feeling upbeat, along with doing good deeds for others, spending time with family and getting a compliment.

It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. So carry on showing the world we’re smiles better than the rest.