Smiles are a universal language that hold many powers, rather Super Powers. They are not limited to age, gender, culture or social standing and can create a sense of togetherness in a way that many long for. Smiling may not come naturally to you due to stresses in life, traumas you’ve experienced or lack of hope, but if you practice turning it into a habit, it can transform your life and others around you.
Smiling releases “feel good” hormones released by the brain from endorphins and serotonin. This happens even when you fake it! This is one time where faking it can actually be beneficial.
At a time in my life, I had to practice the “fake it till you make it” smile just to make it through the day. It has now become a tool for me to change my mood around and spread joy to others. I sometimes think back to a happy time in my life to create my own smiles. For example, me and my mother would burst out laughing for no reason and laughed so hard we could barely breathe. Realizing that we were laughing over virtually nothing created a cycle of non-stop gasping for air laughter – those memories make me smile. I created this piece in memory of her.
If you think you don’t have anything to contribute to the world, you’re simply wrong. For smiling induces happiness and is contagious creating a ripple effect. It is one of the best ways to contribute to society.
Here are some amazing benefits of a SMILE, with many supported by research:
Turn Your Mood Around
Smile to calm your anxiety, fears and insecurities. Lift your sadness and smile through the tears. Guaranteed to lighten your heavy heart.
Be More Attractive
Happy people are the most beautiful. Research has proven that people find people who smile are more attractive to their peers as they are more likely to be seen as healthy and glowing.
Smiling could add years to your life, according to researchers. This study links optimism to living a longer life. Check it out here.
Increase Pain Threshold
Just say no to drugs and get high on a smile. Researchers from Oxford University found that a smile can act as a pain reliever and natural drug. The endorphins you release when you smile are 100% natural painkillers produced by your own body, without the negative effects of medication.
Boost Your Immune System
Serum cortisol levels (stress level) decrease and, instead, the number of white blood cells and natural killer cells increases when you smile according to The Department of Clinical Immunology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. On the flip side, negative thoughts decrease your body’s immunity making it harder to shake something as simple as the common cold.
Create More Authentic Relationships
People who smile appear more approachable and easier to talk to. Smiling is also associated with someone who is generous and extraverted. With so many people disconnected and lonely, why not reach out through a smile to let them know you would like to connect?
Make More Money & Succeed in Business
Smiling exudes confidence. Confidence appears professional and people respect those that are self-assured. A smile can surely help boost sales with customers leading to promotions and new opportunities. Build better relationships with colleagues at all levels and rise up!
Brighten Someone’s Day
Help brighten someone’s day with a smile and in return they will send one back. You never know what someone is going through and a simple smile can do wonders!
Here is a wonderful page of smile quotes if you need to lift your mood, or a friend, or a stranger.
Smiles are a gift. Fill your heart with joy. Make a difference in the world and help it heal, one smile at a time.