Smiling is a symbol of happiness and a universal facial expression of positive energy that helps to decrease anxiety levels, makes people approachable, attractive and helps improve general health. It is argued that people born with a smiling predisposition tend to live longer that people who smile less often. The benefits of a smile are revealed in its impact on individual lives and on human interaction. Here are a few more facts about smiling:
- A smile as a rapport-building tool.
When you smile you become more attractive. People are drawn to individuals who smile. Frowns, scowls and grimaces drive people away. A sincere smile is a great tool for building and establishing rapport. A smile maintains attention, encourages open communication and reassures your sincerity.
- Elevates your mood.
Smiling aids the release of endorphins and serotonins, a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness and well-being.
- Smiling makes you look younger.
The muscle tissues we use to smile lifts the face making a person to look youthful and more confident.
- Increase productivity.
Smiling increases productivity. When performing tasks, people get motivated to work harder after a few moments of happiness.
- Smile for good health.
When you smile you do not look tired or overwhelmed this can help to:
- Relieve you from stress which helps to keep you relaxed, improve digestion and regulate blood sugar.
- Boost your immune system by raising the level of infection-fighting antibodies in your body.
- Lower your blood pressure. Having a good ‘dose’ of laughter everyday will help you live longer even when diagnosed with ailments like high blood pressure/hypertension.
- Helps maintain a positive attitude.
When you smile you get a positive outlook on life creating unity and acceptance in the people and situations that surround you. A smile is a sign of kindness, gentleness and compassion.
- A smile is contagious.
When you smile people will smile back at you. A smile can lift an unhappy person’s mood and offer a glimpse of hope despite their situation.
- A smile influences life choices.
A smile can brighten your mood, leading you to make positive choices, using good and sound judgement.
When you smile remember:
- Do not smile constantly.
- Make sure your smile is genuine.
- Know when to smile; for instance you cannot flash a big grin when someone is hurting.
- During conversations a timid smile is a proper positive expression.