If you haven't been smiling every day, we partnered with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to explain why you should start.
Smiling is a facial expression that occurs when we're amused and delighted, but the power of a smile is way stronger than you think. Not only does it benefit your health and well-being, but it also positively impacts those around you. Keep reading to discover the many reasons smiling should be part of your everyday life.
- Reduces stress: Studies have shown that those who smile are able to recover from stressful situations more quickly. It might seem unrealistic to flash a genuine smile many times throughout the day, but faking it produces the same results!
- Puts you in a better mood: The simple act of smiling sends a signal to your brain that you feel good, and if you smile often enough, your brain will create a pattern of positive thoughts as opposed to negative ones.
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure: Researchers at the University of Kansas discovered that smiling while juggling multiple tasks decreased heart rate and blood pressure, indicating that a person is more at ease.
- Boosts immune system: Scientists have proven that smiling strengthens immunity because it allows your body to let go of tension, causing cells to release stiffness and making you more capable of fighting illness.
- Makes you appear more attractive: The saying is true — smiles are in fact contageous. If you smile frequently in the presence of others, there's a high chance it will catch on and establish you as a likable figure.
- Makes you more approachable and trustworthy: A study from Penn State University found that people who smile tend to be more authentic and credible, which has a great impact on the way you do business and interact with peers.
- Increases productivity and creativity: Smiling releases endorphins, and similarly to when they are released during a workout, this release can result in a more efficient work rate and stimulated brain activity.
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