Smiling has an immediate affect on your brain chemistry – smiles are very powerful both for you and the one you smile at.
Here are just a few of the reasons smiling is SO good for you.
1. Smiles makes you feel better
Even when you don’t feel naturally like smiling the very act send messages to your brain that make you feel better. I’ve found that deciding to smile is a powerful tool that can improve my mood and calm down stress.
2. Smiling makes you look better
Studies show that smiling people are perceived to be much more attractive and that they look younger. What is not to love about that? We look less stressed and more beautiful when we are smiling.
When someone is smiling we’ll feel calmer about approaching them and the reverse is true. In fact people will feel more drawn to you if you smile a lot.
3. There are many health benefits gained by smiling
From lowering blood pressure to boosting your immune system, smiling affects your whole body. Smiling regularly will ensure you feel better and healthier. Try adding comedy to your media diet.
4. You’ll spread joy
Smiling is a great way to spread good feeling.. our ‘mirror neurons’ make us want to smile if someone else does and then all that good chemistry starts to flood our brains (and theirs).
5. An ‘always handy’ natural drug
The act of smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin which will contribute to your overall sense of wellbeing. I love that a smile is always handy, you don’t have to go and buy a way to feel better. I also find it interesting that you don’t have to actually feel happy or joyful for the smile effect to work.
6. Boost your own confidence by smiling
This can help you in many ways from being promoted and appearing to be successful to enhancing how people perceive you. I love that science has discovered that people who smile a lot are perceived as being smarter.
7. Stay more positive simply by smiling
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” You can help yourself avoid depression, stress and worry by smiling. Smiling tricks your brain!
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