Nearly One In Every Two People Judge You First … By Your Smile!
1. Smiling Can Make You Happy (even when you’re not)
The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy. .. and when you’re happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins. This mind-body connection has been studied since the 1980s and been proven numerous times since.
When people mimic different emotional expressions, their bodies produce physiological changes that reflect the emotion as well as changes in heart and breathing rate. A German study found that people felt happy just by holding a small pen clenched in their teeth, thus imitating a smile.
Next time you’re feeling blue, perhaps simply try smiling… it may well make you feel much better!
2. Smiling Can Make Others Happy
When you’re smilin’, the whole world smiles with you.”
– Louis Armstrong
Research shows that smiling is contagious. Ever been around someone who just had something fantastic happen to him or her? Isn’t it almost impossible not to feel good, too? Studies show that something as simple as seeing a friend smile can activate the muscles in your face to make that same expression, without you even being aware that you are doing it.
3. Smiling Makes You More Attractive
Ever wonder why are we always asked to smile in photos? Because people usually look their best… and their happiest… when smiling.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry… 96% of American adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. So the next time you are about to ask someone on a date… smile! It’ll make them feel happier and you’ll already be more attractive in his or her eyes!
Dress For Success With Your Very Own Smile
4. Smiling Can Help You De-Stress
The next time you’re stressed about work or stuck in traffic, don’t freak out. Take a few deep breaths… and smile! Smiling may help to reduce symptoms associated with anxiety. When that smile signals to your brain that you’re feeling happy (even though you might not yet be), your body will usually slow down its breathing and heart rate.
Reducing stress is so important for our health… it can lower blood pressure, improve digestion and regulate blood sugar. This applies to workouts, too! If you’re having a hard time getting through that last rep or getting those final 5 minutes in on the treadmill, smiling can wrk wonders!
5. Smiling Can Help You Land A Job
If you’re about to go on a job interview, you may think that your appearance is just about wearing nice clothes… Wrong!
You can’t just wear that suit; you have to wear it with a smile. In a study published in the December 2009 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, people looked at full-body photographs of 123 people they had never met. The people in the photos had one of two expressions: neutral (like a passport photo) or a smile.
When observers saw the photos of smiling people, they were more likely to think that the person in the photo was likeable, confident, conscientious and stable. Sound like traits most companies want in an employee, right? So the next time you’re dressing to impress, make sure to take that beautiful, natural smile with you!
6. Smiling Can Lead To Laughter
Have you ever laughed without smiling? It’s pretty impossible to do. And it’s funny how a smile here and a smile there with friends can turn into a whole fit of hysterical laughter.
There have been numerous studies on the health benefits of laughing, including how it acts like a mini workout that burns calories and works the abs. Laughter also helps blood flow, lowers blood sugar levels, reduces stress and improves sleep. It may also raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body, which helps boost your immune system. So… smile and laugh often!
7. Smiling Just Feels Good
Have you ever found that smiling just feels good? Go ahead, smile now. Doesn’t it feel natural? Make you feel happy to be alive? It most certainly beats frowning.
So the next time you’re feeling down or out of sorts, try a smile. If you can’t find a reason to smile, pop in a funny DVD, read the Sunday comics or call a friend.
According to research published in Psychological Science, simply reading certain words may also have the same effect. Just like seeing someone else smile makes you smile, reading emotion verbs (like smile, grin, frown, etc.) can also activate specific facial muscles.