How You Can Harness the Power of a Smile!

smileSmiles are universal. They convey feelings and make people feel pleasant. They also actually release endorphins! That’s why smiling is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well being. If you smile more then you will be less stressed, maybe even live longer and be more successful. Here are a few of the other benefits of a smile!

Why Do People Smile?

There are a few reasons why people smile. First, it’s a reaction you have when you find something pleasing. It also expresses joy with people or a situation. It’s also something that relays positivity and reinforces positive feelings by releasing endorphins.

Full Face Workout

You’ve probably heard that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, but smiling still involves a lot of muscles. In fact, in order for you to flash those pearly white you use muscles in your forehead, eyelids, mouth, neck, jaw, cheeks, nostrils and nose!

Don’t Fake It

You can tell a real smile from a fake one pretty easily. In a real smile you will see raised cheeks, maybe some dimples and lines around the eyes. A fake smile, on the other hand, will only involve the corners of the mouth – so they’re pretty easy to spot!

Health Benefits of a Smile

If you need some reinforcement to add some more smiles to your day, here are a few! First, smiling can add years to your life. It also reduces the impact of pain and aggression, so the next time you’re feeling angry or in pain, try to laugh! People who smile are, on average, more successful as well as contented than people who don’t smile as much. Smiling can also give your immune system a boost and even reduce stress and your risk of developing cancer. It can also help to lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety.

Other Impacts of a Smile

An adult, on average, will smile 20 times a day. Really happy people smile around 45 times a day and children smile 400 times a day!

When you smile, it makes you more attractive to the opposite sex. So, if you’re trying to land a date then a genuine smile is one of your best assets! Smiles will also make you memorable to people, so it can really come in handy in that job interview or when you’re meeting new people for the first time.

So, are you smiling right now? If not – get to it!

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