Well, we feel better when we smile. Don’t you agree? Why is this?
Because the expression of the emotion is linked to the emotion, you can change what you are feeling by adjusting your just facial expression. A healthy smile can make you feel and look more confident. Whether your smile is genuine(Smile Like You Mean It) or not(Fake It Till You Make It) when we smile our brain releases endorphins, which may have many positive effects on the body and mind. Endorphins are part of a few feel-good neurotransmitters that create a party in your brain — elevating your mood.
Some studies show that smiling may help to lower blood sugar levels(glucose) and blood pressure, reduced stress, boost our immune system, and release natural painkillers(endorphins, why we might laugh when we get hurt) and serotonin(the happy hormone). It is also scientifically proven that smiles are contagious! Thus, other people feel that they can more easily relate with you when you smile.
“Life is like a mirror, smile at it and it smiles back at you”
Smiling helps you stay positive, even in a negative situation. When you smile you increase the flexibility of your cells and this relaxation can help reduce the risk of stress-induced cell mutations that can lead to the development or persistence of various cancers.
Altough children smile an average of 400 times per day, the average happy adult smiles 40-50 times per day and the typical adult smiles only 20 times per day… When we get older, we tend to smile less often. So how can we practice to smile more?
- Practice smiling in front of a mirror
- Put notes or a smiley-face visual around you
- Think about smiling at everyone you see
- Remind yourself to smile throughout your day
- Smile while talking
- Do spontaneous things
- Watch funny movies, shows and performance
- Reflect on happy memories
- Spending time outdoors
- Listen to uplifting music
Try following these 10 tips for a few weeks. Look back and see how not only your mood has changed but also your physical health!