The Magic of Smiling
Whether you call it a grin, smirk, beam or smile, there’s no denying the feel-good power of this happy facial expression.
We are all born with the ability to smile, yet as we age, we smile less often.
Research shows that children smile an average of 400 times per day, compared to the average happy adult who smiles 40-50 times per day and the typical adult
who smiles only 20 times per day.
Why is smiling important?
Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits, including:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Increased endurance
- Reduced pain
- Reduced stress
- Strengthened immune system
Furthermore, studies show that people who smile appear more likeable, courteous and competent.
Smilers tend to be more productive at work and make more money.
Want to increase your daily smile average to take advantage of these benefits? The first step is easy, start your day with a smile.
Smiling is contagious, and when we smile we activate neurons in the brain that fire a synchronizing feature. you’ll notice that one smile will lead to additional smiles not just for you, but for those around you.
One way to remember to smile more is to have smiling cues sprinkled throughout your day.
There are a number of ways to do this, including getting yourself a coffee mug that makes you smile. That way, every time you get yourself a cup of coffee you’re reminded to smile.
Here are three more cues you can use to remember to smile:
- Smile as you step into the shower.
- Smile every time you’re about to enter your home.
- Smile every time you open the refrigerator.
Smile more today. 😊
Today’s quote: “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.“ – Tom Wilson