Even if it feels awkward, and even if a smile doesn’t depict your current mood….SMILE. 😀 Right now, give it a try and just smile!
Whether your smile is genuine or fake, research shows smiling is good for you because it can increase your happy-factor and even reduce stress.
Sound crazy or maybe too easy to be true? Take 10 seconds out of your life and smile while you continue reading. Really… right now… ok, keep reading.
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Smiling Can Improve Your Mood
Facial expressions clearly convey our mood, but did you know facial expressions can also influence our mood? Even fake smiles can improve our mood.
Smiling frequently, whether genuine or fake, can “trick” our brain into producing more positive rather than negative thoughts.
According to Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, making smiling a daily habit can retrain our brain to have more positive-thinking patterns rather than negative ones, which ultimately creates a happiness loop. It’s simple and easy; more smiling can lead to more happiness!
Science Says Smiling is Contagious – Spread Cheer!
If you smile at someone (stranger or not), it’s likely that they’ll return the smile. You smile – they smile. I have personally tried this, and I can tell you it works! Imagine how YOU can change the mood in a room full of people with a simple smile!
There’s actually scientific explanation for why smiling is contagious. It involves mirror neurons, a small circuit of cells in the brain.
Neuroscientist Marco Lacoboni told Scientific American, “When I see you smiling, my mirror neurons for smiling fire up, too, initiating a cascade of neural activity that evokes the feeling we typically associate with a smile. I don’t need to make any inference on what you are feeling, I experience immediately and effortlessly (in a milder form, of course) what you are experiencing.”
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Smiling Makes You More Approachable
Are you more likely to strike up a conversation with someone who has a smile or someone who looks depressed or angry?
Most people would agree that a smiler looks much more approachable and likely to be friendly. A genuine smile is perceived as a sign of a happy person, and most people prefer to create friendships with happy people.
Smile For Your Health
When you smile, your facial muscle movement triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins make us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels.
Since it’s the physical muscle movement that is the trigger, a fake smile works as good as the real thing. (Source: “Grin and bear it: Smiling facilitates stress recovery.” published by Association of Psychological Science.)
There’s even research that says people who smile a lot tend to live longer.
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So if you want to make a good impression, simply show your beautiful smile and you’ll be well on your way to appearing likable and winning people over. Read my post about positive thinking which will also give you true reason to smile!
Bonus: there’s no need to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday because all these benefits are yours for the everyday low, low price of (drum roll…) free! It costs you nothing to smile so you have nothing to lose.
Go ahead and put a smile on your face, and then take note of how you feel and how people react to you. I bet it will “bring you joy” and be worth the effort to make it a daily habit.
That, my friend, is why smiling is good for you. Try a fake smile right now, and then please let me know in a comment below how it makes you feel!
RELATED READING: 5 Simple Daily Tips for Positive Thinking. The tips truly are easy, and will make a huge positive impact on your mindset.
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17 Replies to “Why Smiling is Amazingly Good For You”
Smiles and laughter truly are the best medicine! Choosing to be happy truly is a choice! Great post!
“Best medicine” – good way to put it!
I 100% believe in this! When I am feeling down, I make a conscious effort to smile….it changes your entire mood, whether you want it to or not! Great post!
Thanks, Natalie. Keep smiling!
Fake it till you make it. Yes, even with smiling. 🙂 Both smile and laughter is the best makeup anyone can wear.
Good point – laughter always makes things better!
When we smile it makes a huge difference internally and externally. I love this post.
This is so true. I learned from a dear friend that told me whenever she felt bad she would smile and dress her best. Smiles are win/win situations. Good for you and good the others you are smiling with. Smiles and hugs are priceless.
Love your friend’s fix for feeling bad is smart! Happy smiling😀
I like smiling, but I would prefer doing it when am not alone. Great post.
And smiling with people usually involves laughter – another good thing for our mental health.
Great post! When I am out walking my dogs I always smile at others. It really can make a huge difference in the moment!
Awesome! Smiling helps you AND you really can make someone else’s day. Keep smiling😀
Thanks for the reminder, sometimes I forget to smile and I should.
I think we all need a reminder at times.
Great post and totally agree. Not only does it make you feel better but everyone sees you and will interact with you differently (normally more positive) apart from those that are freaked out by big beaming smiles!
Increases interaction is a great point. Thanks for the comment!
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