There are many benefits to smiling, give some of these a try, they may just work!…
The first smile benefit not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed but can actually help reduce stress. Believe it or not, smiling can reduce stress even if you don’t feel like smiling or even know that you’re smiling!
Elevates Your Mood
Smiling can trick the body into helping you elevate your mood because the physical act of smiling actually activates neural messaging in your brain. A simple smile can trigger the release of neural communication boosting neuropeptides.
Boosts Your Immune System
The act of smiling actually helps the human immune system to function more effectively. It is thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed.
Lowers Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Is there a difference?
Makes Us Feel Good
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. These three neurotransmitters make us feel good from head to toe. These natural chemicals elevate your mood, and also relax your body and reduce physical pain.
Makes Us Attractive
We are naturally drawn to people who smile. There is a real physical attraction factor linked to the act of smiling. Negative facial expressions like frowns, scowls, and grimaces actually work in the opposite manner, effectively pushing people away.
Makes You Look Younger
Not only can smiling make you more attractive, it can also make you look more youthful. The muscles we use to smile also lift the face, making a person appear younger.
Makes You Seem Successful
Studies have shown that people who smile regularly appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and are more likely to be approached. Try putting on a smile at meetings and business appointments. You might find that people react to you differently.
Makes For Better Relationships
Have you noticed that you’re drawn to people who smile a lot? People who smile are perceived as being more likable than people who don’t smile, according to one 2014 study. Being likable makes it easier to build and maintain better relationships with people, which is important for your overall health and well-being. A 2010 study found that people with positive emotions have more stable marriages and better interpersonal skills than people with negative emotions. So, keep a smile on your face to help create stronger, healthier social bonds.
Helps You Live Longer
It turns out that the fountain of youth might be right under your nose. A 2010 study found that smiling and positive emotions are associated with increased life spans.