Stuck At Home? Smile! 4 Benefits You Need To Know

Smiling

The most important thing you wear is the expression on your face. Whether outside or stuck at home, it's always good for us to smile.

Most are unaware of the message our smile communicates to other people, much less the impact it has on our overall health.

Studies show that adults smile 20 times a day, but what’s fascinating is that children smile 400 times a day! No wonder children are filled with so much life and charisma. Have you ever noticed that being around children who smile more frequently also makes you feel better?

How about you? Have you checked if you’ve been smiling more lately? Perhaps you should because smiling has four major benefits. Check them out below.

1. Smiling makes you healthier.

Smiling can reduce the level of stress-enhancing hormones and increase the level of mood-enhancing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine. It boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure.

2. Smiling can make you live longer.

Related to the health benefits of smiling, it can, in turn, make you live longer. A study of photos from some 1950s baseball card photos actually revealed that those who were smiling lived on the average seven years more than those who weren’t.

3. Smiling makes you more likable.

It is difficult to frown when looking at someone who’s smiling. Why? Because smiling is evolutionarily contagious. People like other people who smile a lot. You’re not only seen as more approachable but also look more competent.

4. Smiling makes you happier.

A smile creates chemicals in your body that make you feel better. Charles Darwin, who wrote the Facial Feedback Response Theory, also stated that the act of smiling itself makes us feel better rather than smiling being a result of feeling good. 

 

With less and less opportunity for face-to-face interactions nowadays, the habit of smiling may lessen. Like the muscles in our bodies when we do not exercise, the features and expressions on our face may become sedentary if not used often.

So consciously smile as much as you can even when you’re at home. You’ll begin to reap the benefits of smiling in no time.

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