Smiles are powerful. They express happiness and share your joy with others, make a great first impression, and lift your mood. Smiling more often, regardless of your mood, can improve your health and wellbeing. Here are five benefits of smiling.
Smiling Relieves Stress and Improves Your Mood
Smiling doesn’t just make you look happy, it actually makes you feel happy too, basically tricking the body into helping you feel better. Each time you smile, neurotransmitters responsible for your happiness such as dopamine and serotonin, are released into your bloodstream. These “happy chemicals” help your body relax and feel good.
Smiling Can Improve Your Social Life
Smiling is a way to express happiness and health, makes you appear more likable and approachable and draws people to you. Being likable makes it easier to build and maintain better relationships with people. Smiling not only has the power to improve your mood, but it can also change the moods of others around you.
Smiling Can Rewire Your Brain
Your brain keeps track of all sorts of things and smiles are one of them. The more you smile, the more effective you are at breaking the brain’s natural tendency to think negatively. If you smile often enough, you end up rewiring your brain to make positive patterns more often than it does negative ones.
Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
The physical act of smiling can boost your body’s immune system and overall health. When you smile (even if it’s forced), your brain releases neurotransmitters that work to fight stress and illnesses. According to a WebMD study, laughter (which often starts with a smile) increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, which improves your resistance to illnesses.
Smiling is a Natural Pain Relief
Smiling is a natural pain killer. When you are in pain, the last thing you probably want to do is smile. Nevertheless, studies have shown that smiling releases natural pain killers called endorphins. These neurotransmitters make you feel good, relax your body, and reduce physical pain.
Smiling is a great thing! It doesn’t cost you anything to do it and you can actually benefit from it. We can always find something to smile about if we look hard enough. So, the next time you’re in a stressful situation or feeling down, try smiling and notice how it feels.
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