We’ve all heard the saying “Smile and the world smiles with you”. And it’s true, think about a time you were in a room or walking down the street and you smiled, and you will have noticed those around you smiled too. It’s pretty hard not to return a smile.
So why is smiling so good for you? Let me share 7 reasons with you but first let me explain why I’m writing about smiling. My day didn’t start as I’d planned and I wasn’t in the best of moods or the greatest company. I don’t remember what I saw or heard but I smiled at something and as I did I felt my posture relax and my mood lift. It was as if I’d flicked a switch. If “laughter is the best medicine” then a smile is the best vitamin.
So let’s explore some of the facts about why smiling is so good for us.
1. Smiling Can Boost Your Mood
The simple act of a smile sends a message to your brain that you are happy. And when you are happy your body releases endorphins that make you feel better. So next time you find yourself in a bad mood make a conscious effort to smile and notice the difference. Try it now. Go on smile and let me know if it made you feel better.
2. Smiling is Contagious
It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.
3. Smiling is the Universal Sign of Happiness
A smile is a nonverbal expression that is understood universally. Everyone smiles in the same language. While hand shakes, hugs, bows and curtseys all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
4. Smiling is Good For Your Health
Even if you don’t really “mean” your smile at first, the simple act of smiling releases endorphins, serotonin, and natural pain killers. This helps to naturally lower stress levels, boost your immune system, and reduce blood pressure.
5. Smiles are Attractive
As humans we are generally drawn to people who smile. We like smiles, and we find smiles attractive. You could say a smile is a magnet, it attracts people. Smiling also gives the impression of confidence, and studies show that people are more attracted to others who are confident and feel good about themselves.
6. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
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!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.
Researching and writing this has brought several smiles to my face, I’m feeling calm, relaxed and excited about the weekend. I’ve got a lot planned, and a smile on call – just in case I need it. Have a great Friday evening and weekend. Stay safe and most of all remember to smile xx