Get Set With Increasing Your Smile Count Today
By breaking out into a smile, you could enhance your own health and happiness as well as those around you.
Children are known to smile as much as 400 times a day, but sadly this declines substantially by the time we reach adulthood. Studies show that a happy individual smiles around 40-50 times a day, but on average, most people only manage to break out into a grin 20 times within 24 hours. If you’re aware that you look a little down on occasion, then try smiling more. Even a forced smile is good for you, for the following ten reasons.
1. Smiling Helps Your Heart
The action of smiling helps to relax you, which in turn slows your heart down and lowers your blood pressure. Ultimately, a simple smile could reduce your chances of experiencing heart disease later in life.
2. Smiling Improves Your White Cell Count
A positive mood which includes a smile helps the body to release extra white blood cells than it would in someone whose mood was negative or indifferent. White blood cells are essential for the immune system, as they help protect the body from disease and other physical health conditions.
3. Smiling Enhances Your Attractiveness
If you’re looking for love, or just to be more likeable to other people, then try smiling more to give your attractiveness a boost. We’re naturally programmed to respond to those who smile in social settings – have a think about whether you’d rather get to know someone who’s smiling or someone who’s frowning all the time? Of course if you’re concerned that your smile isn’t your most attractive feature, then The Essex Smile Centre recommends a smile makeover to fix any imperfections.
4. Smiling Makes You Thinner
A study by UMKC School of Medicine flashed random sad and happy images up on a screen and asked participants to rate their weight. The results revealed that the unhappy expressions were heavier in weight than their happy counterparts.
5. Smiling Holds Onto Your Youth
Another piece of research from the same institution investigated whether older smiling people looked younger than their actual age and the results concurred that if you want to knock years off, then you need to flash those pearly whites!
6. Smiling Gives A Better First Impression
Most people judge you within seven seconds of meeting you. With such a narrow window, it’s important to make a positive first impression and by smiling you’ll seem instantly friendly and approachable.
7. Smiles Build Trust
Whether in your social life or in the workplace, trust is a huge part of bonding with others. By smiling at those you’re conversing with, you’re opening the door for the recipient of your smile to be able to like and trust you.
8. Smiling Radiates Confidence
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a confident person, by having a smile on your face, you’ll automatically stand taller and feel more positive about whatever situation you’re in. And of course, the more that other people act as if you’re a confident person, the more confident you’ll feel – so it’s win win!
9. Smiling Makes You Happier
But it’s not just other people you can trick with a smile. By choosing to smile, even when you’re not necessarily feeling too sunny, your brain will automatically release endorphins that will elevate your mood anyway.
10. Smiling Is Contagious
Finally, if you want to be one of those people who naturally spreads joy wherever they go, then break out into a grin and watch others do the same. Smiles are contagious and make the world a happier place.
This is a collaborative post.