In our human body, it takes 46 muscles to frown and only just 17 to smile. And, we only use these muscles when we are happy. You know that feeling you get when you see someone you love or heard you won competition your team; that amazing feeling. Such feelings promote long life. There are other numerous health benefits to smiling that I bet you didn’t know about before.
Smiling does a lot more than just telling others that you are happy. It helps in the efficiency of your body. It help improves your stress level and your health in general which should be you top priority. Just merely smiling can have a great impact on your well-being and both your social life and professional life.
Take a look below at these six (6) amazing benefits of smiling;
1. Smiling boosts your immune system.
Yes of course, while smiling your body relaxes which gives way for your immune system to react more quickly and effectively against diseases. Research shows that when smiling, the cortisol level that is the stress level, decreases and, leading to increase in the number of white blood cells and natural killer cells. So, in case in the future one nasty cold comes, don’t think of going to any pharmacy. Just smile!
Researchers have shown that cheerful people are 35% more likely to live longer. When smiling, your heart rate and blood pressure are reduced, while relaxing your body. So let’s say, you are the cheerful type that always smiles, you are more likely to live to an average of 79.9 years, while those with straight-faces only reaches 72.9 years on the average. I guess you just found your elixir of life.
2. Smile is a natural pain killer.
Again and again it has been cleared that smiling is a natural drug. Researchers have found that it can serve as a pain reliever. Also just mere chuckling can also help increase pain threshold. You can basically get high on a smile.
3. Smile is a natural beauty enhancer.
According to wise sayings, they say the best make-up anyone can wear is a smile. The people that smile more are better chanced and easily approachable and definitely more charming to the opposite sex.
In 1985, some discoveries were made, and one of them was how men approached woman in bars. Whenever a woman made eye contact with a man at the bar, it meant that she was 20% approachable, and then if she smiles back clearly means she is 60% more accessible.
Smiling makes you look young and energetic. The muscles, especially the face muscles we use to smile make us appear youthful and attractive. Now smile away your cosmetic surgery plans.
4. It helps relieves stress.
We are all humans, and we face difficult and life changing situations that is enough to dull ones mood. Take for example; you have a deadline that is catching up on you or an expectation that is required of you to meet. Stress less about it and smile. It is the best way to reduce stress caused by the situation that made you upset; even when you don’t really feel like smiling. Do you know that by just merely forcing a smile is enough to brighten up you mood? Because by doing so, it sends a signal to your brain that tricks it into believing that you are actually feeling good. Also, if you don’t smile, you will feel bad afterwards, so what do you have to lose? Smile!
In a study I came across some few years back, people were asked to remain stone-faced after hearing of someone else’s good news. They felt a whole lot worse afterwards, with a lot of guilt in them and thought the other person would think worse of them for not being happy for his success. This shows that it is normal and healthy to express happiness towards others.
5. It is highly contagious.
We both know that if you want to make someone feel better, make them smile, or better yet, smile at them! They can’t resist it. Half of the people you smile at will smile back at you. It is hard to stay sad when almost everyone around you is happy. Learn to always surround yourself in a happy environment.
6. Smile your way to success.
Do you believe that happiness is the highest level of success? You can only do great work when you are happy. You don’t only need to be happy to smile. Learn to smile to stay happy. Happiness is a personal job which should involve smiling. Smiling can help you make so much money and also elevate your career. It helps makes you appear more confident, professional and self-assured.
Have you ever settled down to ask yourself why those workers who smiles a lot at their fellow colleagues and customer are more likely to get promoted and approached with more business ideas?
Studies have shown that people who smile a lot appears to seem more trustworthy and are rated high in terms of generosity and good company. Learn to always remember to take your smile with you wherever you go.
It’s funny how you smile and the whole world smiles with you. Learn to keep it, own it and use it whenever you like. Keep your smile with you always, so you can live a happy life.