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Benefits of Smiling

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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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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