Over the last few years I’ve read many interesting books, articles, and research studies on happiness and positive thinking. While there are many benefits to having a positive attitude, I never thought about how something as simple as smiling can impact our lives until I stumbled across a very interesting research study the other day.
The research study was conducted by Wayne State University in 2009 and focused on the importance of smiling and the impact a smile can have on our lives. As it turns out your smile is more powerful than you think.
Here’s how the study was conducted. Researchers looked at photos of over 230 professional baseball players from before 1950 and they rated the intensity of the players smile.
The player’s smiles ranged from no smile, partial smiles, to big smiles. Researchers then compared the lifespan of the players to the intensity of their smiles and they found some pretty amazing correlations.
Here’s what they found…
- Players who didn’t smile lived to an average age of 72 years old (63 players)
- Players with partial smiles lived to an average age of 75 years old (64 players)
- Players with BIG smiles lived to be 79.9 years old (23 players)
So, what does this study show us? Basically, someone who smiles on regular basis will live over 7 years longer than someone who doesn’t. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.
Why is that someone who smiles more often will live 7 years longer than someone who doesn’t?
Well, other studies have shown that smiling…
- Lowers your heart rate
- Lowers your blood pressure
- Boosts your immune system
- Lowers and reduces stress
- Causes you to experience more joy
- And even makes you look younger and more attractive
So today, be happy, be kind, stay positive, help others, and most importantly…don’t forget to smile. After all, it’s the secret to living longer!