June 15 is Smile Power Day. Smack dab in the middle of the month - in the middle of the year, in fact - is a holiday dedicated to the power of smiling.
Smiling has many benefits. It can actually make you feel better, relieve stress and add years to your life. Smiles are contagious, and you can put other people at ease and make them feel happier. Most people can probably agree there are a lot of good reasons to make yourself smile.
Here's something that will put a smile on your face: Open an online My Social Security account so you can do business with Social Security the easiest, fastest and most convenient way.
This year, we've had more than five million smiling customers register online for a My Social Security account and use it to easily get the information or service needed - without the need to visit an office or make a phone call.
For example, once you create your online account, you can use My Social Security to obtain a copy of your Social Security statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the retirement, disability and survivor benefits you and your family may receive.
We expanded My Social Security so if you get Social Security benefits, you now can use your account to view, save and print a benefit verification letter, check your benefit payment information, and change your address and your phone number as recorded in our records. You also can start or change your direct deposit information.
So whether you are currently getting Social Security benefits, or you are planning for that day in the future when you do, you can easily access all your important Social Security information by creating a My Social Security account.
Just visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Open your online account today, and find out how we've put smiles on more than five million faces this year - and counting. And when someone catches your smile, be sure to tell them why you're smiling.
(Reynolds is the Social Security Steubenville branch manager.)