Smile – It’s free therapy
What can brighten your day as well as make those around you happy, doesn’t cost anything and is readily accessible and available anytime? It’s your smile!
Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better.
There is science behind this! The physical action of using the facial muscles involved in a smile sets off a neurochemical reaction that improves mood.
Smiling has been used successfully as part of a program to treat depression, requiring participants to smile at themselves in the mirror several times a day.
Whenever you’re in a stressful situation or are feeling down, slap a grin on your face so you can take advantage of the many benefits smiling has to offer.
Too stressed to smile? Here’s why grinning is winning for all aspects of your life, and how you can cultivate this happy habit.
Read on to discover how smiling can make you look and feel better and could even improve your social life!
You’ll be more approachable.
Turn that frown upside-down if you want to make some friends! People who are generous with smiles are considered more likable, and people are more willing to engage socially with others who are smiling. A smile is an invitation that tells people that you are willing to talk and interact with them.
By appearing more confident and approachable, smiley, cheerful individuals naturally draw people to themselves. A bright person radiates happiness, lights up a room and positively changes the moods of others.
People who smile a lot are more likely gain our trust.If you want to improve your credibility, simply smile more.
So make every day a special occasion and share the gift that never goes out of style—your smile!
Improve your mood and lower stress and anxiety.
Just as we smile when we’re happy, it turns out that the mere act of smiling makes us happy. It is impossible to be angry and laugh at the same time. Try this simple exercise with a partner: Look the person in the eye, smile and say, “I am so angry.” Amazingly you can’t feel upset at all.
Smiling can help you manage stress and anxiety as it releases endorphins chemicals that make you happier. Smiling in stressful situations is not easy, but smiling does contribute to calm you down especially if you are in an awkward position. So the next time you are feeling stressed, SMILE.
Children in hospitals who are exposed to comedies and comic characters often report less pain compared to those who don’t have those experiences. Your body is more relaxed when you smile which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.
You’ll be more attractive.
“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.” – Author Unknown
Smiles are pretty darn attractive for more reasons than one. The muscles used for smiling lift the face and therefore make you look younger.
A smile suggests that you’re personable, easy going, and empathetic.We all know that when you smile at people, even strangers, they almost always smile back, spreading a kind of peace and goodwill.
Mother Teresa understood the importance of a smile, stating, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” It is a great feeling to flash a broad smile and enjoy the response, knowing that you may have made someone’s day!
Smiling a positive emotion is almost as fundamental as breathing, but I need to remind myself to do it more often.
Some suggestions sure to make you smile:
• Make goofy faces at yourself in the mirror.
• Do something child-like: watch cartoons or go to the playground.
• Leaf through your baby pictures or a family photo album.
• Smile and make eye contact with each co-worker you meet in the hallway.
• Walk barefoot on the grass in the early spring.
• Pick up a puppy or kitten and peer into its face.
• Feed the ducks and watch them walk. If you can look at a duck walk on dry land and not smile, check your pulse.
• Do something nice but completely unexpected for a friend or loved one.
• Do something beautiful and completely unexpected for a total stranger.
• Splash in a puddle after the rain.
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