There is almost nothing more attractive than a nice smile, which can brighten up an entire room. It is often said that good things come to those who smile. Of course, flashing those pearly whites can help you look amazing and capture the attention of the opposite sex. However, a genuine smile may go much beyond improving your appearance. Several recent studies reveal a strong correlation between smiling and your general health and well-being.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways that smiling more often can completely transform your life for the better and even positively impact those around you.
Boost Your Mood
A study conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation revealed that smiling can help to dramatically improve one’s mood and overall outlook about life. In psychology, there is a theory known as the as the “facial feedback” hypothesis, which states that “involuntary facial movements provide sufficient peripheral information to drive emotional experience.” In other words, the act of frowning or smiling can have a significant impact on your mood and emotions. A fascinating study revealed that frowning increases blood flow to the hands and feet, a phenomenon that can also be observed among those experiencing anger. Frowning simply requires too much work and effort. A relaxed smile conveys to your brain that you have stopped protesting, which will boost your mood. The act of smiling will help release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, in the brain.
Win Others Over
As humans, we want to be liked, admired, accepted and loved. These are all basic human needs that can be aided by expressing a genuine smile to others. By smiling at others, we are sending them powerful messages of trust and cooperation. According to one interesting study, flashing a smile increased the odds of winning the trust of someone else by 10 percent. Smiling can also attract the opposite sex and is very much an element of flirting, which is very therapeutic for us humans.
Enjoy Natural Stress Relief
Smiling can help reduce symptoms affiliated with stress and anxiety. Chronic stress can really damage one’s body, spirit and mind. Reducing stress may help lower blood pressure, improve digestion and regulate blood sugar. Smiling and laughing can help lower your overall level of the stress hormone cortisol released by the adrenal gland during times of stress. This makes smiling a potential natural stress relief drug.
Good things really do come to those who smile in the form of better general health and wellness. The act of smiling is a potent natural drug that will transform your life for the better. Not only will smiling more often allow you to feel better, it will attract others to you.
Adam Griffith is an online instructor and coordinator for www.TheCollegeCity.com. Adam is looking to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in health education and is fascinated by studies that highlight the benefits of smiling.