How smiling magically affects your brain.
Professionals in the health industry, from scientists to psychologists to yogis, agree that the simple act of smiling can be life-changing.
You may have experienced that magical moment when you smile at a stranger and their face lights up in response.
According to current research, a smile is truly contagious. Each time you smile at a person, their brain subconsciously coaxes them to return the favor.
Not only that, but it can also:
- make us appear more attractive, kind, and competent
- boost our mood, as well as the moods of those around us
- breeze through moments of discomfort: have you heard the phrase “smile through the pain”? There’s a reason for that!
- make you look more youthful
- help you live a longer, healthier life
The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your overall health and happiness.
So even if you’re not sipping tropical drinks at a fancy resort, each time you smile, your brain sends signals that life is good.
Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress, while the feel-good party crew of neurotransmitters—dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin— relax your body, and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. They work together to lift your mood and keep depression at bay.
As an added bonus, endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever- no doctor’s prescription required.
Smiling makes you beautiful inside and out.
You heard that right…you’re actually better-looking when you smile. No need to change a thing, just turn that frown upside down.
When you’re smiling, people view you as attractive, reliable, relaxed, and sincere.
At the Face Research Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen, subjects were asked to rate the smiling and overall attractiveness of several people. Results showed that both men and women were more attracted to images of people who made eye contact and smiled.
It’s also mutually beneficial – science suggests that when you see a person smiling, you feel rewarded.
It’s better than…chocolate?
Sounds too good to be true right? But according to Ron Gutman, the author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, “British researchers found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.”
With the mountains of smile research, one thing is for sure…
Your dentist may very well be your best friend. Improving your smile can be the most beneficial investment you make in your lifetime.
Making the most of your smile can be rewarding for you and those around you.
So try it out. Bust out a genuine smile on that lovely face of yours.
Trust me, you’ll thank me later.