Smile: Your Health Will Benefit
According to the Association of Psychological Science, scientists at the University of Kansas found that smiling has a therapeutic effect by lowering the heart rate after stressful activities. Smiling also releases endorphins which are brainchemicals known as the body’s “feel good drug.” High endorphin levels create an intense state of happiness and joy called euphoria that help you feel empowered and confident.
Benefits of Smiling:
- Boosts the immune system: The body is more relaxed when smiling which helps your immune system work more efficiently and reduces your risk of developing illnesses ranging from the common cold to chronic diseases.
- Improves Mood: Smiling triggers muscular activity that releases endorphins into the bloodstream creating euphoria.
- Reduces Stress: Stress causes many physical reactions including an increase in blood sugar levels and disruption of the natural function of the digestive system. Smiling decreases the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone and increases energy levels.
- Lowers Blood Pressure: Smiling releases endorphins which lower your blood pressure.
- Enhances Attractiveness: A bright smile conveys a confident, optimistic and friendly personality. People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression.
- Increases Longevity: A study published in General Psychiatry consisting of participants over the age of 65, concluded that those classified as optimists were 71% less likely to die from certain diseases as opposed to pessimists.
Researchers at The British Dental Health Foundation revealed that after participants were shown pictures of smiling people, their brain and heart activity was equivalent to being given the stimulation of 2,000 chocolate bars without the calories. Now that’s something to smile about!
“A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.” – Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People.