A smile is one of the most powerful tools in your personal, human toolbox that you can put on your face, every day, 24/7. A simple smile can make a difference in your life, and the lives of others. A smile is beautiful, free and even contagious. A smile can make you feel happy, appear more attractive and friendly, make you look younger, and even help you get hired or promoted in your job. I know, you’re probably shaking your head thinking, “I already know all of this,” but I’d like to tell you some benefits of a smile that you may not know.
We know how we feel when we smile. Happy, right? But there is some scientifically proven, physiological activity going on inside our bodies when we put a smile on our face.
The globally read and respected Huffington Post stated in a February, 2015 article that there were 11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day, and stated why it’s worth showing those pearly whites daily, even when you don’t necessarily feel like it. As a professional smile maker and keeper, I’m going to give you a complete and important YES TO SMILES LIST so every time you smile, you’ll know what a big difference you’re making in your life and the lives of others.
1. Proven studies show that smiling more adds seven more years to your life! What’s not to smile about with that little known fact?!
2. Smiling actually retrains your brain for the better. While our brains are naturally hardwired to think and react with defense mechanisms, the habitual act of smiling helps to almost rewire our brain to think more positively. According to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, by making smiling a part of our everyday practice, we help our brains create happiness loops that encourage positive-thinking patterns, inner peace and contentment.
3. Research shows smiling is contagious! Louis Armstrong made the smile famous when he sang, "When you're smilin', the whole world smiles with you.” Try it!
4. Aside from your mental state, smiling can also end up saving your life, as biochemist, Sondra Barrett, claims in her book Secrets of Cells. She said when you let go of tension—an outcome that can be achieved through smiling—your cells let go of their rigidness. According to Barrett’s research, this can possibly save your life as there have been cases where cancer patients go into remission after letting go of stress.
5. blood pressure info not only can relax your body, it also has the power to slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, pump up your immune system and decrease your chances of heart disease.
6. A smile reduces stress. Releasing endorphins, dopamine and mood-enhancing serotonin, called neurotransmitters in your brain, a smile can help reduce stress, making you feel happier. (Did you know neurotransmitters are a natural painkiller?) Too much stress in life can help cause obesity, asthma, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, Alzheimer's disease, and even premature death.
7. Smiling can diminish negativity, revitalizing and boosting productivity.
8. When we smile at others we appear more confident. Studies have found that those who smile a lot frequently make more money in their jobs and careers, and are more likely to receive a raise and promotions.
9. A smile helps build trust. When you give customers, clients, patients, friends or family an authentic warm smile, they’re more likely to trust you.
10. People who smile appear more youthful and attractive. 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.
11. A smile can lead to laughter with positive effects. Numerous studies have been done on the health benefits of laughing, including how it burns calories and works the abs. Laughter also stimulates circulation, lowers blood sugar levels, reduces stress, improves sleep and may also boost the immune system.
12. A smile can help make us more popular! It’s the Law of Attraction, you attract what you put out to the world.
13. Smiling makes you more approachable. A 2004 Penn State University study found that authentic smiles shared by employees in the service industry influenced the impressions on customers, and smiling employees came across as more likable and friendly.
Our face has 44 muscles in it that allow us to make almost 5,000 different types of expressions, many of which are smiles, according to behavioral psychologists. It doesn't cost you anything to smile, you can fake it 'til you make it, and there are so many proven benefits, there's little reason not to smile!