Today I want to talk about one of my most favorite things to do in the whole world… If you said or thought “SMILING” then you are most definitely correct! Whether a full or half smile, I just can’t seem to help myself! I just love to smile and you know what? This inability to stop this ability comes with the most amazing benefits.
- Smiling makes you more approachable People generally avoid strangers but if they need help, they are more likely to approach a person who looks nice and approachable. Studies have found that people are more willing to engage socially with others who are smiling. A smile is an inviting facial expression that tells people you are willing to talk and interact with them.
- Smiling improves your mood I’ve had cases where I started my day badly and even though I don’t feel like it, I put on a smile. You would be amazed at how many persons will respond to a smile and “good morning”. Within the 20 minutes it takes me to get to work, I begin to feel a lot better and my smile becomes totally genuine! This is because endorphins (endorphins are the same chemicals you get from working out or running, resulting in what is known as a runner’s high) released lift your mood.
- Smiling is good for your health I don’t know about you but can sure use the guarantee of a few extra years by doing something that doesn’t require me to sell an arm and a leg. According to study, persons who smile more often live about 7 years longer on average. Smiling also packs stress an uppercut while helping to regulate the heart-beats. Smiling also boosts the immune system. Smiling helps the body to relax and lets the immune system react more quickly and effectively against invaders. Imagine all this without a single medication or visit to the doctor!
- Smiling kills physical and emotional pain Looking for something that does the job of a painkiller without the added side effects? Try smiling! Smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that act as natural painkillers. Well maybe killing may be an exaggeration but it sure does lessen it. I’ve also found that smiling helps to ease emotional pain. It doesn’t ward it totally but it sure does make you feel lighter and better.
- Smiling builds attraction Now this one has been tested and tried. Smiling makes people more attractive! This is especially true for women. Men are more likely to approach a woman who smiles than one who simply makes eye contact. This is because a smile suggests that you’re personable, easy going, and empathetic.
- Smiling produces empathy I don’t know about you but whenever I’m embarrassed or caught doing something questionable, often my first response is to find the humor in the situation and smile. This instinct breaks the initial ice of embarrassment, promotes leniency in what others think of us, and engenders a sense of empathy since we’ve all experienced embarrassment and we want to smile along.
So today, with so many reasons to, turn that frown upside-down. Lift them cheeks and show some teeth!
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I am a dynamic young lady who loves the Lord and seek to have a joy that no one can take away. My all-time favourite thing to do is gaining discoveries by design from My Father during our time each day. Reading, learning and trying new things falls behind in a close second place. My dream is to use my God-given talents to positively impact as many people as possible. As a proud Wolmerian, with a zest for life, I adhere to the “Age Quod Agis” motto in that whatsoever I do, I always do it to the best of my ability.