Have you noticed how people light up when they smile? Do you think that you light up like that when you smile. I am sure you do.
When you are out and about, have you ever noticed how many people smile?
How about when you walk around with a smile, do people respond by smiling back?
A smile is like a free gift we can give to another, even a stranger in passing and very often that gift will be passed on to the next person; it may even ‘come back’ to you.
- makes you feel good
- releases serotonin
- produces endorphins
- makes you look good
- makes others feel good
- relieves stress
- is contagious
- is beautiful
- inspires others
- helps with the immune system
- makes you appear confident and capable
- feels like eating chocolate
- makes you appear more attractive
Researchers of the British Dental Health Foundations measured the activity of the heart and brain of volunteers. Pictures of smiling people were shown and they were given money and chocolate. The research showed that a smile and eating chocolate produced the same level of stimulation.
Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, pointed out, “We have long been drawing attention to the fact that smiling increases happiness both in yourself and those around you, so it is good to receive the backing of this scientific research … A healthy smile can improve your confidence, help you make friends and help you to succeed in your career … “
What’s even better is that the more you smile, the more others will too. Dr. David Lewis a psychologist, “Seeing a smile creates what is termed as a ‘halo’ effect, helping us to remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive and more motivated.”
Have you heard the old saying?
“A smile is a little curve that sets a lot of things straight.”
Did you know it takes 26 muscles to Smile?
And 62 muscles to frown!
Smile for 60 seconds. Remember you are releasing endorphins and serotonin while you are doing it.
Maybe you would like to start each day with smiling for 60 seconds to set the tone for the day?
Do you want to step it up?
Smile at yourself for 60 seconds in the mirror.
Get together with a friend and smile at each other for 60 seconds.
By the way if you start to giggle, chuckle or even laugh that’s ok too.