It happens with most of us as we walk down the road or go for a coffee at a local café – a stranger smile at us and we smile back.
Smiling just happens – you don’t give it a thought before doing so.
When we watch our friend doing something really silly, we smirk….
When a bus conductor lets us go without the ticket, we smile…
And when we are applauded for our work performance we beam…
So smiling come naturally to us and is a way to spread and share our happiness with people around us.
How many times do you smile in a day? Do you smile when your colleagues are around?
Or when you meet someone new?
Or when you just think about your partner or lover?
Our face consists of 44 muscles and we can make around 5,000 different kinds of expressions – most of these are different types of smiles.
A simple smile not only makes you look friendly but it can change your life and of those you are close to. Read on to know some interesting facts about smiling that makes you healthy:
1. Smile makes you happy
When you smile, your brain releases happy hormones called endorphins. So a few minutes of smiling can make you happy.
2. A smile can boost your mood
Had a terrible day at work? Smile just for the sake of it – the release of happy hormones will boost your mood. According to a research even if you grin for just 60 seconds, no matter even if it is fake, it will release serotonin which will make you feel happy. So whenever you feel low next time, try it out!
3. Smile to look young
Smiling acts as a natural facelift and makes you look younger. Smiles can take years off your face. A study revealed that people who smile a lot look around 3 years younger than their age.
Girls if you want to look attractive, stop wearing make-up, just SMILE! It can do wonders.
4. Smile and live long
Do you know that smiling can add extra 7 years to your life? Smiling is an expression of positive attitude and positivity increases life expectancy. Research reveals that happy and smiling people are less prone to heart problems.
So life could do with a little more positivity, don’t you think?
5. Smiling boosts your immune system
When you smile, your body is relaxed. It lowers the heart rate and gives you a steady breathing. This enables the immune system to work more effectively and fight diseases.
6. Smile is Contagious
Yes smile is contagious and you may not even know when your smile has made people around you happy! An authentic smile is attractive and trustworthy. It can even melt the hearts of other people.
7. Smiling is good for lungs
When you smile, your lungs expand. This stretching of muscles in the body stimulates homeostasis. It is a kind of exercise that restores the cells with oxygen.
8. Smiling helps you de-stress
When the happy hormones endorphins are released when you smile, the stress hormone called cortisol is reduced. Thus the objectionable feelings go away.
9. Smiling gives you a healthy heart
Smiling lowers your blood pressure and help your heart beat at a normal pace. Thus it keeps your heart healthy and in turn your body.
10. Smile your way to success
A smile can make you a centre of attraction. So wear your smile and create your charisma. Your smile shows your confidence. So when you go for your next interview, you know what to do. Just be careful not to grin too much.
Some interesting facts about smiling:
- We are born with the ability to smile
- Men are more attracted to smiling women
- The average woman smiles about 62 times a day and a man only 8.
- Smiling helps you get promoted
- Smiles are the most easily recognizable facial expression
- Smiling means the same thing in every language
- Smiles are more attractive than makeup
- There are 19 different types of smiles
- Smiles use from 5 to 53 facial muscles
- It’s a universal sign of happiness
“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
A smile a day may not keep the doctor away but it’s time to turn that grimace upside down and say “cheese”.
Keep smiling and stay healthy!