Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Be Healthy…….Smile More!

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.  Here is a list of 7 benefits of smiling.

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in. 

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood

Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.

3. Smiling Is Contagious

It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress

Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Our body seems to work better when we smile which helps to boosts our immune system.  Cortisol which is a stress hormone, decreases when we smile, it allows certain antibodies or immune cells to increase. The increase in our immune cells help our bodies fight off  illnesses such as, the common cold and the flu.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure

Studies show that when you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure.  Don’t believe it?  If you have a blood pressure monitor at home, try it out. Sit for about 4 minutes and then take a reading. Then smile for a minute (think of something that makes you smile) and take another reading. Did you notice a difference?

7. People will be attracted to you

I don’t mean sexually (well, maybe that too), but people will feel drawn to your energy. When you smile more, you will carry an aura and poise that will draw people to you. People will look forward to being around you, knowing only that they feel great around you. People on the street, at work, your friends etc. We all like and want to be around happy and cheerful people, right?