THE POWER OF A SMILE: 5 HEALTH BENEFITS BACKED BY SCIENCE

Have you ever experienced the power of a smile? Have you ever felt the power of a smile coming to life? A smile, I believe, is one of the sweetest gestures of living beings. Not only it removes fear, it lets you know that you are in a safe place.

Hi everyone, welcome back to another read by your own Lifestyle and Wellness blogger. First of all, thank you for showering such immense love for my previous blogs. It seems like you guys are enjoying reading them.

Today, let’s talk about smiles. Who is the first person that comes to your mind when you hear the word “smile”. Your spouse? Your child? Your pet? Anybody else whose smile means the world to you?

Well, I know who comes to my mind when I think of a smile.

I mean come on, who doesn’t love a smiling face? There is a reason why they say, “a smile sets everything right.” Sometimes, it surely does.

But, how often do you smile? Or, how often do you find yourselves around people who make you smile?

Along with being one of the sweetest facial gestures, a smile has got some serious scientific reasons and benefits to back it up. A smile does a lot more to our body than just forming a curve on our face. It has some serious goodness within it, especially for our physical and mental health.

Here are a few science-based facts to have you continue smiling more often, for genuine reasons. Well, sometimes without reasons as well, again *whispering* science behind it. Wait until I get there.

  1. Power of a smile- It is contagious

How often has it happened that when you have smiled because a stranger passing beside smiled at you first or vice-versa? I believe the answer would be – quite often. If it’s a no, you ought to start doing it from now.

Studies have found that a smile propagates another person to smile. It causes us to smile back at someone, even if they are a stranger. A smiling face would trigger another person to smile. It helps us to understand their feelings and tells our brain to respond back with a smile.

Therefore, smiling at people is a way of making them feel happier about themselves, about life.

  1. Smiling improves your mental health

I have written a few blogs in the past on mental health and what surrounds it.  But, it was while researching for this blog when I discovered how smiling improves our mental health. Smiling more often reduces stress.

Stress is a very big reason for mental health problems in the present world. Be it the workload or the over exaggerated lives of people on social media, stress plays a huge part in affecting both our physical and mental health. It causes heart disease, anxiety, diabetes, depression, etc.

But, it is the power of a simple smile that it can contribute to relieving stress. Smile reduces the level of a stress hormone called cortisol in our bodies. This is the hormone that is released when one goes through all the negative emotions.

So, whenever you find yourself taking stress about anything, get up, and do what makes you smile.

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  1. Powe of a smile- It releases Endorphins

Endorphins are the hormones responsible to induce the feeling of happiness and positivity. They are the hormones that are released when we exercise. They make you feel motivated and less worried.

When we smile, we use specific muscles. These muscles are controlled by the brain. The brain receives the signals of the muscle movement. And, releases the neurotransmitter endorphins. Charles Darwin firsts suggested the theory of facial impressions affecting your mood. It was called “the facial feedback hypothesis”.

Endorphins put you in a better mood and can also aid in reducing mild pain. And, smiling releases endorphins for all the right reasons.

  1. Smiling boosts your immune system

Stress lowers the strength of the immune system. The immune system is what keeps us safe and strong. It protects us from the harmful bacterias and other pathogens that can enter our body and harm it.

Therefore, as mentioned above, smiling reduces stress. This helps the immune system to function normally. Having said that, smiling cannot help in any severe medical condition. But, it surely helps to boost your immune system when combined with healthy eating and rightful care of the body.

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  1. Power of a smile – It makes you look attractive

Smiling more often makes you look attractive and approachable to people. It helps you to perceive people in a friendly way. It uplifts your confidence while talking to people, especially for business meetings.

It is the power of a smile that allows people to mingle more socially and allows them to discover opportunities. I can totally vouch for this as I am building some great work relationships while I am on video calls with my prospects or clients.

The power of a smile is inevitable. The business and corporate world has somewhere compelled us to act like machines. We tend to forget that we are working with humans and not robots. Hence, we ought to behave like what we are – humans, people with emotions.

 

Conclusion

Google defines a smile in two ways – as a noun and as a verb.

Smile as a noun is defined as “a pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.”

Smile as a verb is defined as “form one’s features into a pleased, kind, or amused expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.”

In my attempt to explain the power of a smile in this blog, I have given you all the reasons to understand these definitions.

The power of a smile is simply incredible for us. So, smile more often my friend. Don’t wait for the reason to be happy. Create your own happiness. Create your reasons to smile more.

Appreciate what you have. Embrace your journey. And, allow yourself to live life as it is – beautiful.

I know it’s always easier said than done. But, hey, why do we need to hand over the pursuit of our happiness to somebody else? Why burden them? Why can’t we be responsible for our reasons to smile?

Think and share your thoughts in the comments below.

I shall see you next week with some new topic.

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  1. Great share about the smile! Love the information you gave out! Smile releasing endorphins was very enlightening. Thank you for sharing.

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