Developing babies continue to smile, even in the womb. Children smile up to 400 times per day. Did you know your smile can even be a predictor of how long you’ll live? Yet how often can you say you smile per day?
Over a third of us smile 20 or more times per day. Less than 14% of us smile only 5.
A study at a Swedish University, Uppsala found that it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles. So…..the more you smile, the more you make other people smile. It’s contagious 😀
“Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.”
And minus the excessive calories of course! Winning 😉
There are 2 potential muscles we activate when we smile, and to put it simply, one of them activates the corners of our mouth, known as the ‘social’ smile, and the other encompasses our eyes, which is known to be the more sincere smile.
Researcher Dr. Niedenthal found that we can actually tell if people’s smiles are sincere, by mimicking them ourselves. “If it is real, our brain will activate the same areas from the smiler and we can identify it as a real one”.
Smiling actually decreases stress-inducing hormones such as Cortisol, Adrenaline & Dopamine, which have also been found to cause a negative effect on weight-loss & mental health. Smiling even increases the amount of mood-enhancing hormones such as endorphins, and even helps reduce blood pressure! Aside from this, you look better in the eyes of others if you are smiling. You come across more sincere, courteous & even competent!
I know that when I catch eyes with strangers in public, my first instinct is to smile. And I also know, that it really bugs me if they fail to return a smile! It’s common courtesy, and it doesn’t take much.
“Smile & the world will smile with you”.
So there you have it, you have plenty of reasons to smile more often! 😀 And remember, people can tell if your smile is sincere or not – it’s in the eyes 😉
Stop what you’re doing right now, and smile. Feel stupid? You’ll probably even laugh to yourself at how ridiculous you look! But it works, if you feel down, just remember you have more reasons than you think to smile 🙂