Smile more, it’s good for you
Is there such thing as a ‘Smile Effect’? Sure. Smiling and laughing can have a positive effect on your well-being, but as you make the transition from child to adult, it’s easy to lose the habit of indulging in these simple behaviours.
Smiling can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, change your mood instantly and give you a natural high. And you always tend to remember those that smile regularly, as they give a natural energy and can naturally make you feel happy.
Research has shown that there are a number of health benefits contributed to smiling and laughing. In addition to improved health, these simple facial expressions and common human behaviours can have a distinctive positive affect on other factors surrounding all areas of your life. When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological changes occur in your body, mostly without you being consciously aware of it happening.
Your sense of humour is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.
“A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.” – Dale Carnegie
Smiling helps spread joy, naturally
Out of all the benefits that smiling brings you, the most important, by far, is the ability smiling has to spread joy through a society. One spark of happiness can set of a chain reaction. First, when you smile at other people, it makes them happy, which, in turn, makes you happy. When you know that you have made someone’s day a little bit brighter, it’s natural for you to feel happy about that. Just by smiling at someone, you can create a feeling of understanding that can connect a community in a powerful way.
Watch video: Ron Gutman on ‘The hidden power of smiling’
In this Ted Talk, Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Such as, did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behaviour.
Read more of our articles about smiling:
– Quotes about smiling
– Fun sayings about smiling
– 13 fascinating facts about our smiles
– Are there positive links between laughter & health?
– 9 daily habits of happy people over 60
Get more facts and insights about the benefits of smiling and happiness
Volume one covers a range of topics that support being positive and provides information on the ways to reinforce a positive outlook on life. Titled “Laughter, Smiles & Being positive”, the first volume explores the many keys to happiness and power of a smile – in that smiling contributed such a significant part of life, and its impact to others. Read more on Volume 1.
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