Smiling is a universal language we all understand, a form of communication that doesn’t need the expression of words. A smile is a facial expression formed, primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth, when you smile it actually reflect you being happy or rather, you finding something quite pleasing, amusing or funny. Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better. Smiling helps us have relatable connection with others. Here are reasons six why you should smile more
Smiling releases endorphins: Smiling can help you manage stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins, chemicals that makes you happier. Endorphins are the same chemicals you get from working out or running, resulting in what is known as a runner’s high. Smile more to get that high without running.
You will look more attractive: there is something magical about a smile, it brightens up the eyes and lifts the face, it makes you look much younger and vibrant when you stretch those lips. Smiling gives the impression you are easy going, trustworthy and very personable. European Journal of Social Psychology found that smiling actually makes you more attractive to those you smile at. Are you aware the Duchenne smile include a contraction of the muscles surrounding the corner of the eyes and any smile that doesn’t touch the eyes are considered fake.
Smiling can affect your emotions: In 1984, an article in the journal Science showed that when people mimic different emotional expressions, their bodies produce physiological changes that reflect the emotions, such as changes in heart and breathing rate. Another German study found that people felt happy just by holding a small pen clenched in their teeth, imitating a smile.
Smiling boost your immune system: okay when I read about this part, my mouth dropped to the very ground. Smiling is an act we sometimes take for granted, and are not aware of its breath taking benefits. Smiling makes your immune system stronger by providing your body with more white blood cells to help fight illnesses. One study found that hospitalized children who were visited by story-tellers and puppeteers who made them smile and laugh had higher white blood cell counts than those children who weren’t visited.
Smiling put other at ease: ever get into a heated conversation and there is a lot of misunderstanding here and there, even when you try to set things right? A smile could help set the other person at ease or comfortable, could also help reduce tension or awkwardness. A smile could go a long way.
Smiling is contagious: smiling makes you look more presentable, because of complex brain activity that occurs when you see someone smiling, smiles are contagious. Studies report that just seeing one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, which leads to a grin.