Reasons Why You Must Smile. Be it real or Fake.
A smile is more than just a facial expression. Smiling is an easy way to boost your mood, be healthier, feel better, and be viewed as more trustworthy and a better person. Whenever you’re in a stressful situation or are feeling down, slap a grin on your face so you can take advantage of the many benefits smiling has to offer.
Neurotransmitters called endorphins are released when you smile. These are triggered by the movement of the muscles in your face, which is interpreted by your brain, which then in response releases this chemical. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy and they also help lower stress levels. Faking a smile or laugh works as well as the real smile! The brain doesn’t differentiate between real and fake as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way. This is known as the facial feedback hypothesis. The more we stimulate our brain to release this useful chemical, the more often we feel happier and relaxed. What happy news! It’s in your hands.
These endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed. They also act as the body’s natural pain killers. Smiling or laughing help in pain management. While the release of endorphins is increased, the stress hormone, Cortisol, is reduced. Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious and contributes to the unpleasant feelings we experience, and by lowering it, we reduce these negative feelings.
Laughing or smiling expands the lungs, stretches the muscles in the body and stimulates homeostasis. This exercises the body, replenishing the cells from lungful of oxygen and gaining all the benefits of exercising the body.
Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you. It makes you appear more approachable. Social interaction with others appears easier, smoother and more enjoyable when smiles and laughs are shared.
A smile with its positive expression could be very beneficial in your relationships, career and social interaction. It also enhances your leadership skills.
Some people cannot laugh or smile though….
There are medical reasons why some people cannot smile. A small number of people suffer from Moebius Syndrome, which means that they are physically unable to smile. The condition affects the nerves that help us smile, frown, blink and perform other facial expressions. Some other studies have shown that people suffering from facial paralysis, and without the ability to smile, have been found to suffer more from depression.
Benefits of Smiling
Smiling lowers stress and anxiety
It’s not easy to keep smiling in stressful situations, but studies show that smiling under stressful conditions or situations has health benefits. When you feel stressed, just try smiling to calm yourself down. Smiling can help you manage stress and anxiety. Smiles make you more attractive for more reasons than one. A smile suggests that you’re personable, easy going, and empathetic. Smiling actually makes you more attractive to those you smile at.
Smiling makes you be more approachable. It also helps you make more friends as people are more willing to engage socially with others who are smiling. A smile is an inviting facial expression that tells people you are willing to talk and interact with them.
Smiling will make you more comfortable. Our natural tendency is to stick to things that are familiar, but smiling decreases this need. A study found that smiling can make you more comfortable in situations you would otherwise feel awkward in.
How to put a smile on your face
- Spend time with friends and family who are most likely to cheer you up.
- Take time out and watch a film or a TV show you find funny.
- Even when you don’t feel like it, try and force yourself to smile – you may find that a forced smile becomes genuine.
- Reflect on happy memories by looking through photographs.
- Remember this article, SHARE IT and make others smile and laugh.
Written by Ike Ezugwu with many Online reports/posts.