Boost Your Physical & Mental State by Smiling
It’s universally known that smiling conveys feelings of joy, happiness, sociability, amusement, and pleasure. But did you know that smiling can help you fight disease by boosting your immune system? As time progresses, researchers continue to uncover evidence correlating smiling and your health — both mental and physical.
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Smiling & Your Wellbeing
In 2015, researchers from the University of Kansas partnered with the journal Psychological Science and experimented with measuring the benefits of smiling. They recruited 169 participants, split them into groups (smiling and non-smiling), and asked them to complete a list of challenging tasks.
After completing the challenges, the participants who were asked to smile recorded lower stress levels and heart rates than the non-smiling group.
During the same study, the researchers created a third group which they asked to hold a chopstick horizontally in their mouths — unknowingly simulating a smile. To the researchers’ surprise, the third group scored just as well as the smiling group, meaning that even faking a smile can positively impact our physical state.
Smiling & Your Appearance
While it’s evident that smiling makes you more attractive, did you know that smiling also causes people to gravitate toward you? When a person perceives a smile, they gain a glimpse of your personality, forming the beginning of an interpersonal bond.
However, if smiling conveys happiness or some other positive emotion, then frowning can generate a negative emotional response, driving people away — be conscious of the message you want to send, and choose your emotions accordingly.
Beyond the physical appearance, smiling can make you seem more successful than others who don’t smile often. The more you smile, the better chance you’ll be approached with new job opportunities or dating possibilities. If you want to make a strong first impression, try smiling — you’ll be delighted with the response.
Smiling & Joy
As we discussed above, smiling is known to produce feelings of happiness in others. Although, it can create happiness as well. When we smile, a neural messaging process kick-starts in our brains. Once activated, it releases hormones — dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins — which act as natural antidepressants.
Hormones regulate body function. For example, serotonin controls digestion, libido, bone density, blood clotting, and your mood. When you’re feeling down, try smiling. With the help of the hormones above, it can help prevent depression, anxiety, and stress.
Smiling & Socializing
We’ve all heard the saying ‘smiling is contagious.’ While it sounds like a friendly myth, researchers from the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences have found evidence to validify it. They noticed that when you smile or display any emotion, the response of the person receiving the feeling is almost always to mirror it.
Smiling also expresses feelings of warmth and comfort, both of which are necessary for building new relationships. Best yet, smiling makes you appear younger and more lively.