A student of several Taoist masters, Mantak Chia founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979 and has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world. He is the director of the Tao Garden Integrative Medicine Health Spa and Resort training center in Thailand and the author of 31 books. In this paperback, he outlines the Universal Tao as "a self-help system for curing and preventing illness and stress, and for enhancing all aspects of life. Its key concept is increasing vital energy, or chi, through easy techniques and physical exercises. This life-force energy is then circulated through the acupuncture meridians of the body and channeled into health, vitality, balanced emotions, and creative and spiritual expression."

In our society, we batter our bodies with stress and daily tension. The result is low-grade energy and susceptibility to illness. Taoist masters down through the years have advocated an antidote — the Inner Smile. As we all know, a warm and friendly smile generates positive vibes within ourselves and those around us. Chia notes: "Smiling to oneself is like basking in love, and love can repair and rejuvenate." He believes that the Inner Smile sends vital energy to our organs, senses, and glands. This promotes good health and establishes good communication in our bodies.

Chia presents an Inner Smile mediation and shows how this practice can activate love and compassion within us. Best of all the Inner Smile infuses us with joy and with its surge, our energy increases.