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Fantastic Reasons To Smile: Feel and Look Good

Updated on August 28, 2012
Doesn't this photo just make you want to smile?
Doesn't this photo just make you want to smile? | Source

One of the most fantastic reasons to smile, is to trick your brain into happiness. Charlie Chaplin understood the power of a smile when he wrote the melody to one of the most beloved, popular tunes that has been covered thousands of times, appropriately titled Smile . The lyrics in this song are simple yet quite powerful in how they touch the heart of the listener; a perfect way to define a smile. Smiling has many positive benefits, healing those who are sad or sick it is surprising it is not discussed more often as an important part to leading a healthy happy life.

We all inherently know how good smiling and laughter makes us feel, but because it is something that is so easy to do we forget about its power on a day to day basis. It is not complex, full of rules, and how to guides so it sits quietly in the corner, not getting the attention it rightly deserves.

Think about the last time you were having a bad day until someone or something made you smile and all of a sudden your day was brighter. How about after you had a great laugh and you felt all giddy, smiling and glowing from the inside out. That is the power of a smile.

Did You Know?

1. Recognizing the difference between a real smile and a fake smile lies within the expression of the eyes.

2. Smiling is the most globally recognized facial expression.

3. That blind babies smile. This shows us that smiling is not a learned condition but rather an inherent one.

4. It takes more muscles and effort to frown than to smile.

5. It is extremely difficult to frown when someone is smiling at you.

So Many Reasons To Smile

Smiling is one of the easiest and quickest ways to turning your day around, it might sound weird, but force yourself to smile more often. Smiling actually releases endorphins into our bodies that make us feel good. It is equivalent to eating chocolate, if you love chocolate as much as I do this is fabulous news. You can feel good without incurring a massive sugar and caloric intake.

Here is a fantastic reason to smile more often; when you smile it makes you more attractive to others. People who smile are perceived as being confident and looking good. When you feel great on the inside, which smiling helps you do, it is like you are beaming to the outside world. This feeling of happiness spreads when you smile, it is contagious a win-win situation for everyone. Wouldn't it be great to hear an advertisement from a pharmaceutical company that went something like "side effects include: feeling great, looking good and making others feel wonderful too" just from smiling.

Recent studies, as discussed in the fabulous TED talk video below, shows that smiling effects our health, how we are seen in the world and can even measure success and happy marriages.


Sometimes it can feel as though there is no reason to smile. If you need to find a good one read Sunshine625's hub 70 Reasons To Smile and I hope you experience the amazing power of a smile everyday.

Do You Find Smiling Can Change Your Mood?

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    • Sonia Perozzi profile image

      Sonia Perozzi 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Audra:)

    • Audra Alexander profile image

      Audra Alexander 6 years ago from Germany

      So true, every word! Just flexing your smiling "muscles" can trick the brain into releasing those feel-good hormones (file under: fake it 'til you make it)! I'm not surprised this subject is close to your heart - I remember you smiling often back in HS! Good job~