I am incapable of widening my mouth closed. I show a full set of front teeth, as though I’m ready for a dentist check. It’s an everyday occurrence and a normal facial expression, so why do we need reasons to smile?
Well, if you’re in London, you know the chance that you and a stranger just acknowledge each other, is like me winning the lottery twice over. We usually glue ourselves to a phone; ignoring the world around us as though we’re inside a black hole.
Not only is your grin going to potentially change a person’s day, uplift their mood and perhaps restore their faith in the population, it’s going to benefit you greatly. Here’s why:
You could live longer
For the first time, I have discussed funerals with my parents. I even brought up organ donation. In fact, I told my friend what songs I want at my funeral; is that really strange? Death is inevitable and of course can’t be avoided, but smiling is an easy and nice way to live a little longer.
I mean, it doesn’t require movement and a host of vegetables. Neither a ban on food you enjoy.
Beauty is power; a smile is its sword – John Ray
Facial expressions are often triggered by your mood, though it can the work the other way. Your expressions can trick your brain into reflecting them. So, if you smile, your brain releases serotonin; you’ll feel happier with a more positive outlook.
Studies have shown that more positive people, on average have a longer life expectancy. Smiling additionally, can reduce stress levels.
Smiles are contagious
Opposite me in my French class at school, there was a poster on the wall of 3 monkeys smiling with the caption: Smiles are contagious. Out of boredom, I use to say this quote to my friend next to me, putting on a super cheesy or humorous grin. She couldn’t help but laugh and duplicate a smile back.
This is one contagious act that’s beneficial – no spreading of germs and yawn mimicking; a smile is a gesture that will spread joy.
Nothing you wear is more important than your smile – Connie Stevens
Be more attractive
A slight confession: I was a serial pouter back in high school. Hello big lips and extra definition. Only, I now realise that I was photographing myself tasting something sour – it appears.
To make it worse, a guy I was trying to impress, said: ‘why don’t you just smile?’
The whole ‘moody pose’ thing seems to have taken over, along with the classic – I have no idea a camera is here glance. Trendy for Instagram (yes, I occasionally do this), however in real life, it’s a smile that gets you noticed.
Forget laughter lines and creases, you’ll still have chic makeup. Everyone will notice your warmth and instantly be drawn to you.
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do – Mother Teresa
People Trust a Smile
We’re naturally programmed to trust a friendly smile. I mean, have you wanted to listen to someone with a frown? Would you choose grumpy over bashful? If you would, please re-watch Snow White. For others to confide in you, being approachable is key. Smiling is therefore ideal if you work with a lot of people, children, or in a management position.
When we’re happier, less stressed and more positive, we increase enjoyment from our everyday tasks. Suddenly, normal, mundane to-do lists, are somehow fun and exciting. You are a fun person!
Smiling is such as easy thing to do, with so many marvellous benefits. So, why not start smiling more today? I am sending you all a digital smile… 😊
What was the first thing to make you smile today?
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