We are born with the ability to smile. Babies start to smile when they are only a few weeks’ old, and children do it about 400 times a day. But adults only smile about 20 times a day. Ain’t that a shame? Smiling seems just an involuntary reaction to something pleasant or funny, but it does so much more than just showing our happiness. It can makes us look more attractive, change the way others see us, and even help us get a job!
Here are four very good reasons to smile:
1. Smiling cheers you up
We usually smile when we are happy. But smiling can also makes us happy. Whenever you’re feeling down, force a smile even if you don’t feel like it. You’ll instantly feel better. That’s because smiling releases endorphins and serotonins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, while serotonins are natural anti-depressants. Therefore, smiling can reduce both physical and emotional pain and shift our mood from negative to positive, increasing our sense of well-being. So, smile away! The more you do it, the better you’ll feel!
2. Smiling cheers others up too
Smile and the world will smile with you. It’s not just a saying. A Swedish study has demonstrated that smiling is contagious.Researchers showed participants images of happy and angry facial expressions and monitored their reactions through electromyographs (EMGs). The results? They smiled when they saw people smile, and frowned when they saw people frown. And they did so unconscionably. This happens because when we smile, we make the atmosphere happier and more cheerful. Other people will perceive it and react positively to it. So, share your good vibes. A smile costs nothing and can give so much!
3. Smiling makes you look younger
Forget Botox. The best antiaging weapon (apart from sunscreen, of course) is smiling. A team of German researchers showed participants more than 1000 photographs of people with different facial expressions (angry, fearful, disgusted, happy, sad, and neutral). They found that people who smiled looked more than 2 year younger. And that’s not enough. Smiling people are also perceived to be more attractive, sociable and competent. All good reasons to smile.
4. Smiling makes you look more successful, confident and friendly
Are you nervous because an important work interview is approaching or you finally have a date with that special someone? Don’t know what to wear? Whatever you do, don’t forget to don a smile. People who smile are perceived to be more confident, successful, trustworthy and reliable, all qualities that always positively impress a potential employee or partner. Plus, when you greet people with a big and friendly smile, they’ll be more willing to get to know you. And this means more friends, more opportunities and a happier, more fulfilled life. Who wouldn’t want that?
Are you smiling yet? 🙂