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The Benefits of Smiling

Updated on August 29, 2013
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The Benefits of Smiling

A simple smile can do wonders in ones life; a smile brings joy, elation, euphoria, positivity, friendship, love, and success. When a person wears a smile upon their face it bring positivity and happiness to all of those who surround them. A smile shows confidence and strength. A smile can shine through the dark and drag happiness out of misery.

How One Smiles

A smile is a facial expression that shows happiness in a person. Smiling is a universal symbol of joy and is a communication tool in humans. When one is smiling it is noticed by others and is communicating that one is approachable and enjoyable. This facial expression is formed by flexing the muscles at both ends of the mouth and throughout the mouth. By flexing these muscles, it stretches the mouth outward, forming a smile that is either open (to show teeth) or closed. The wider the smile, the more approachable one seems.

Why One Smiles

There are so many reasons why a person would smile. One smiles because they feel joy, happiness, euphoria, and elation. One smiles when they hear or see something funny. One smiles when they are in love. One smiles when they partake in an enjoyable and fun activity. One smiles when they feel embarrassed. One smiles to be polite. One even smiles when they are trying to fake happiness, to cover up underlying emotions and fears. A smile is perceived to be an outward sign of self-confidence and internal satisfaction, and a real smile has a genuine effect on others while a fake smile is usually noticed and does not have a profound effect on others.

The Benefits of Smiling

Smiling Will Make Others Happy

When others are having an off day or a bad day, seeing someone with a bright and beautiful smile on their face will immediately make them feel happier. Smiles are incredibly contagious and they spread like the flu.

Smiling has Health Benefits for Anyone who Wears it

There are so many health benefits in a simple smile. Some benefits are obvious while others are surprising, but if one can benefit physically and emotionally from wearing a simple smile upon their face, why not smile more? Just smile, it will allow you to live longer and have a more enjoyable life.

The many health benefits of smiling include (but not limited to):

Lower heart rate: smiling slows the heart rate and relaxes the muscles in the body, allowing the heart to work properly without overworking, decreasing the chance of heart failure and disease.

Stress reduction: stress is a very common and huge problem among many people across the globe. Stress is caused by numerous factors and everyone reacts differently to high amounts of stress. Some people react very negatively to stress which causes many health problems throughout their lives. Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones. If one is stressed it is always best to take a break and do something else that is enjoyable and will make one smile.

Mood elevator: Endorphins do more than just alleviate stress in ones life, they lift ones mood, making them feel happier and better all around.

Increase in productivity: smiling increases productivity while performing tasks. People who enjoy the work that they partake in, smile more, and therefore are more productive and successful.

Encourages trust: studies have shown that people are more trusting in those who wear genuine smiles on their faces. Trust is crucial in social surroundings, and smiles make it so that people are able to trust in others.

Produces empathy: many people smile when they are caught doing something they should not be doing or they are embarrassed by their actions. The smile response tends to break the ice of others reactions toward the action that caused the embarrassment and makes others feel empathy toward the questionable action(s).

Natural painkiller: smiling and laughing is a way to releases natural endorphines that relieve pain.

Increases positive attention: when a person smiles, laughs and is genuinely happy, it increases positive attention and attracts more people. When people smile, their guard is lowered and one will allow more people in while counteracting stress.

Builds attraction and sex appeal: smiling makes people more attractive and gives them a sense of sex appeal. Men tend to be more attracted to women who smile because they seem to be more approachable.

Increases chance of success: a smile shows confidence and self-assurance, people who smile more are approachable and enjoyable to be around (especially in social and work environments) and therefore people who smile more are more successful and have a higher chance of earning more money, tips, and raises.

Longevity: people who smile more, are not only less stressed, happier, successful, and have a great social life, but they also live longer as well.

Laughter and Smiling Truly is the Best Medicine

Smile more, laugh often, and reap all of the benefits that smiling has to offer.

Are you more attracted (or more likely to approach someone) who is smiling?

See results

© 2013 Jami Johnson

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. When you're in the charity business a smile is very important.

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      cheeluarv 4 years ago from INDIA

      It is really interesting,nice hub.( you too have a nice smile)

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      Michelle Widmann 4 years ago

      This is a really interesting hub. I found that even if I'm in a bad mood, I'll force a smile on my face and it'll make me feel a lot better, physically and emotionally. It's cool to see how powerful such a simple thing can be!