Every day we grin, smirk, or smile numerous times at many different things. Most of the time we smile without thinking too much about what actually caused the positive expression of joy to occur. How many times a day do you smile? What is it that causes you to smile? Smiling is a very powerful thing and if you knew just how good it is for you and your health you just might choose to smile a little bit more.
There are many benefits to smiling you should know about. Here are 6 great reasons why you should smile more often…
1. You Look Younger and More Attractive
You look your best, and happiest, when you’re smiling. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of American adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. So, next time you ask someone out on a date show off those pearly whites of yours!
2. It Boosts Your Mood
Even if you’re in a bad mood, simply forcing a fake smile can make you happier. When you smile a message is sent to your brain that tells your brain you are happy, even if you aren’t. When you’re happy your brain releases endorphins and automatically boosts your mood. So if you are ever in a bad mood, simply force a smile and you will be happier in no time.
3. It Reduces Stress
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, a fascinating study by University of Kansas psychologists indicates that, in some circumstances, smiling can actually reduce stress and help us feel better. Pretty neat. One of the researchers, Sarah Pressman states, “The next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment. Not only will it help you ‘grin and bear it’ psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well.”
4. It Boosts Your Immune System
It turns out that laughter really is the best medicine. When you smile, your body naturally relaxes and your immune system functions at its best when you are relaxed. Smiling and laughing reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body and increases immune cells and infection fighting antibodies. This improves your resistance to sickness and disease. Awesome stuff!
5. It’s Contagious
As humans we have a tendency to try to mimic the behavior and expressions of those around us. It’s a way for us to try to relate with others, bond with one another and make each other feel accepted.
Dr. Sophie Scott of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience says, “We’ve known for some time now that when we are talking to someone, we often mirror their behaviour, copying the words they use and mimicking their gestures.” Smiling and laughing are contagious and by doing so you can make those around you happier too.
6. You Will Live Longer
That’s right. Smiling can help you live longer. According to a study conducted by researchers at Wayne State University, the intensity of a person’s smile can help predict how long they will actually live. Their research showed that on average, someone who smiles will live over 7 years longer than someone who doesn’t. That’s worth repeating…someone who smiles will live over 7 years longer than someone who doesn’t!
So, if you’re in a bad mood, stressed out, and need to feel better, just smile. It makes you look better, makes you feel better, boosts your immune system, reduces stress, it’s contagious, and to top it all off…you will live longer!