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Why We Smile

Updated on March 15, 2012

Joseph Addison once said, “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

I'm sure that my grandma wasn't the only one who told me that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. The smile is a powerful thing - it is a nonverbal expression that is understood universally.

Everyone smiles in the same language. A smile can have an inconceivable impact on the feelings and emotions of ourselves and those around us. It can say in zero words, something that hundreds of words could not convey. It can make us happier and healthier. All it takes is one smile.


Smiles are Attractive

Your face is typically the first thing that people see when they look at you. Though the eyes are typically the first thing that someone might notice, a smile is generally the second, and in that split-second, they can have made a first impression based off of your facial expression.

We, as humans, are generally drawn to people who smile. We like smiles, and we find smiles attractive. Research even showed that when people were asked to compare photographs of old people, the people with "smile lines" - wrinkles around the eyes and mouth formed from by years of smiling, were found more attractive than those without prominent smile lines.

Smiling also gives the impression of confidence, and studies show that people are more attracted to others who are confident and feel good about themselves.

Smiling Alters Mood

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” - William Shakespeare

Turning a frown upside down really can solve most of your problems. When we smile, endorphins are sent to the brain. As a result, we feel more optimistic, happy, and motivated. Smiling essentially, smiling tricks your body into changing your mood accordingly.

Not only does a smile make you happier - It also has a great impact on the moods of the people around you. Smiles are notoriously contagious. If you smile, the other person will usually smile back at you. And when someone we care about smiles at us, our brain chemistry triggers powerful emotions. Just one smile can change another person's entire day.

Smiling is Good for Your Health

Smiling is actually good for you. If laughter is the best medicine, then surely smiling is the best vitamin.

Even if you don't really "mean" your smile at first, the simple act of smiling releases endorphins, serotonin, and natural pain killers. This helps to naturally lower stress levels, boost your immune system, and reduce blood pressure.


Smiles Show We Care

More than 65% of our overall communication is made up of nonverbal cues. And actually, people place greater trust in our nonverbal communication than the words we say.

A smile shows that we are trustworthy and caring. When we greet someone and offer them a smile, we are saying to them that we are happy and we are glad to get to know them. And luckily for us, a smile is the same in every language. A smile is a universal expression of friendliness, happiness, and joy.

A smile can be so many things - encouraging, sympathetic, funny, or just plain happy.

"Smile and the world smiles with you."

Smiling is a beautiful thing. It's a timeless expression of beauty, of happiness, of friendship. A universal understanding that life is wonderful, and that you care.

What makes you smile?


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    • shara63 profile image

      Farhat 4 years ago from Delhi

      nice hub..keep smiling!

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      jklahlou 4 years ago

      Interesting hub! I guess its also a sort of evolutionary thing, helping us to create cohesion and trust with other people.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      A smile is completely contagious, try not to smile when someone smiles at you. It's an impossibility I think. Great information, thank you.

    • laurathegentleman profile image

      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, Shara63 - you just put a smile on MY face! :)

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      Farhat 5 years ago from Delhi

      Take the worries on a stride,

      put all your sorrows aside,

      A new avenue is waiting for you,

      Just keep on your face 'a Smile' !

      a real booster hub...keep smiling!

    • laurathegentleman profile image

      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks everyone! I'm glad you all enjoyed!

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      Amanda Jowsey 5 years ago

      Just reading about smiling makes me smile. haha

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      nice hub, your smile is very sweet too.

      you have put a smile on my face

      one that time will not erase

      your blue eyes add to that smile

      making me happier all the while

      Much love


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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      A lovely hub, well written. I enjoyed reading it, voted up!

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      Austin Jose 5 years ago from Cochin

      Nice work! Voted up!