You smile for pictures, when you’re happy and when you’re uncomfortable. There’s a good chance you smile more than you know throughout your day. But did you know there are numerous health benefits of smiling? Showing off your pearly whites will help you live longer, run faster, jump higher and basically become Superman.
Share the joy! When you see someone smile, it triggers the area of your brain that controls facial movements. The physiological response is amazing on its own, but consider how much joy you get from seeing people be happy. That’s enough to put a smile on our face.
Speaking of amazing physiological responses, studies have shown that smile can actually lower your heart rate and blood pressure. The stress hormone cortisol lowers as well, leaving you feeling calm, cool and relaxed.
Have you ever felt a “runner’s high” after exercising? Those endorphins that are released make you feel on top of the world. But don’t worry if you skip the gym today, you can experience the same rush of endorphins just by smiling. The hormones are also natural painkillers.
You might not be in pain at all if you smile regularly When you grin, your body produces extra white blood cells. These are crucial in helping fight an illness and they protect you from future ailments.
Your brain is more or less in hyperdrive after all of this smiling. You’re releasing all sorts of good hormones to help you live healthier. This is consequently reflected in your behavior. Habitually smiling helps you focus on the task at hand. There’s a reason why they tell us to “whistle while you work.”
You’ve probably also been told to just “grin and bear it” and it’s not bad advice. In fact, if you’re stuck in a difficult situation, smiling through it could help you feel more at ease. It sends a signal through your body to relax, releasing those endorphins.
There’s nothing friendlier than a smile. If you’re nervous or anxious about meeting new people, the best introduction is a beaming face. We naturally respond to happy people because it makes us feel good about ourselves (remember it’s contagious!). A smile makes you more accessible.
When people are more comfortable with you, they’ll turn to you for leadership. Research has shown an employee who smiles often is more likely to be promoted over a slightly more qualified candidate. That’s not to say a cheery demeanor makes up for incompetence, but the goodwill you get from smiling around the office will grant you more success in the workplace.
Start noticing all the social and professional benefits you get simply from smiling more. Chances are you’ll also start feeling a lot better about yourself after experiencing both the physical and mental improvements in your life. Go you!
Consider this your natural face lift. Most frequent smilers look, on average, three years younger. Frown lines reflect all over your face while laugh lines just show your joy.
The secret to a long, happy life? Smiling. All of those amazing health benefits can actually add seven years to your life. Enjoy your reduced stress, happy heart and healthier lifestyle every time you show your teeth.
Warning: a fake grin can actually make you feel worse. Instead of faking it ’till you make it, find a reason, no matter how small, to smile authentically. Your body will thank you.
If you’re ready to upgrade your smile, get in touch with us at All About Smiles.