Benefits of Smiling : what's the power of a smile?
For some people, a smile comes naturally. For others, not so much. Most people can picture someone they know who they would describe as ‘happy go lucky’. And on the flip-side, most people can also picture someone who they’d describe as a bit glum and sulky. There are exceptions but generally, everyone would prefer it if there were more of the happy go lucky type in the world. But enough about the rest of the population, let’s look at ourselves for a second.
What do YOU think would happen if YOU smiled more?
Healthy, Happy Life
When you smile, magic happens. Well, not literally, but it may as well do. Endorphins are released by the body when a cheesy grin is produced, helping to relieve stress. These are the same chemicals that are generated after exercise. Imagine reaping the same benefits as going on the treadmill and you don’t even have to move!
Your general health is improved and your immune system becomes even better at fighting off diseases and infections. Smiling won’t save your life from an incurable illness, but it definitely won’t hurt your chances. And longer life spans have been associated with positivity, smiling and happiness after several studies have found research to evidence this.
Feeling stressed? Have a little smirk. Most people think that being smiley is a byproduct of happiness, but that’s not entirely true. The other way round can work too. Stress levels can be greatly reduced, especially if you use their eyes when grinning.
The Smile Effect
There’s no doubt about it, smiling is effective. If you’ve just gone into a new environment (a new job, social event etc) and someone smiles at you, you automatically feel more at ease. And you can’t forget, this works both ways.
So why not give it a try and benefit? Try not to overdo it, but if you know someone who is in the same socially awkward situation you’ve been in before, give it a whirl. You’ll naturally feel more approachable to them and the chances are that they will reciprocate.
We’re not saying to give a huge, cheesy grin to every stranger that walks past you (you’d be too busy!) but the odd small smile makes the world better. Have you ever noticed when someone yawns and you get a strong urge to do the same? It works exactly the same, showing your teeth in a happy way is contagious.
Laws of Attraction
There’s no doubt about it, smiling is a powerful tool. It can give the person who performs it a certain air of confidence, that not many facial expressions can. And an air of confidence can travel a long way, in this busy fast-paced world.
If someone is looking at different photos of people and they stumble across one where the person is smiling (especially with their eyes) it can only be positive. They’ll be more likely to be interested in that photo and more likely to engage with that person. By flexing the muscles at each side of your mouth and showing your teeth, you can come across as self-assured and friendly. And of course, if your teeth are looking straighter than ever, everyone’s going to be even more impressed!
Studies have found that smiling people are viewed as more attractive, due to the fact that they look healthier and therefore younger. And it may seem like a strange comparison but a grin can be associated with generosity too, which can be quite rare in these modern times.
Fake it till you make it
So, how do we generate one and how do we make it sincere? This might shock you. It doesn’t matter. Not at all. Obviously in a perfect world, every smile you made would be genuine, ear to ear, and without force. But the world’s not always filled with sunshine, so sometimes faking it can be the best solution.
Your body doesn’t know the difference between a legitimate smile and a faker. It’s kind of like a cheat code, but it works. If you’re ever feeling a bit down or you need a bit of a boost, just give it a try. Your brain will still release endorphins and you might even start to feel a bit better.
Get in touch to access your winning smile today, and enjoy the benefits even more.