The power of a smile can do wonders, but what can it really do?
Let’s look at it further…
- A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one’s mouth, often showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.
- To have (a smile) on one’s face.
- To express by smiling.
- To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy.
- To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.
- To assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, favor, or amusement, but sometimes derision or scorn, characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth.
- To regard with favor:
- To assume or give (a smile, especially of a given kind
- To express by a smile
- The act or an instance of smiling; a smiling expression of the face.
- Favor or kindly regard
So What are The Benefits of Smiling?
I bet you never thought that there were benefits to smiling, so it’s a good thing I’m here to inform you of just that very thing!
Smiling Makes You Look Younger
Well, aren’t we all striving to look younger? Here is an easy way (something else we are always looking for) to make you look younger. Just start smiling!
Have you ever walked down the street and seen someone who just looked pissed at the world, you try to smile at them and hope that you’ve cheered them up just a little. I bet if you asked how old they were, you would think they were older than they really are. Those frowns cause your facial features to crease and turn down leaving those who see you to have the impression you are older than you actually are. So give a smile back and start looking younger!
Smiling Elevates Your Mood and Creates a Sense of Well-Being
So that’s the reason my husband is always making me smile. I have to agree with this. Smiling does, even just a little bit, lifts my mood when I’m down. Anyone else feel like that?
You’ve had a bad day, and you feel like nothing will make you happy, but your significant other, friend, sister, whoever tries their hardest to make you laugh? They get you to crack just a tiny smile and you end up giving them a jab for their efforts, but it did the job. You feel better and now you’re smiling. Mission accomplished.
Smiling Induces Pleasure in the Brain (More than Chocolate)
A study showed that one smile could generate the same level of stimulation in the brain as 2,000 chocolate bars. Now I’m not sure I believe that this to be true, I love my chocolate and it certainly will cheer me up better than a smile some days, but you never know.
Even a Forced Smile Can Lead to a Better Health
They say that smiling can relieve stress, boost immune system, and lower blood pressure. I guess smiling could do those things if it’s capable of boosting your mood. It could calm you and allow your body to do as it was meant to accomplish if you’re no longer worrying over things happening at the moment.
So, take a break, smile and you may just improve your health. Hey, what easer way do you need to do that?
Smiling Makes You Seem Courteous, Likable, and Competent
This may seem like common sense, but smiling like so many other things in our lives is something I think most take for granted. You never really understand the action until you really think about it (or loose the ability to perform the action).
When you meet someone and you’re smiling you’re definitely more inviting than if you were frowning so it would only be reasonable that you would seem courteous and likable.
As for the competent part, I would think that would be related to posture and how you present yourself as to how competent you seem. People can see through a fake smile in a New York minute and if you really don’t want to be somewhere, others can always tell that by your manners. I’m just saying there are other factors at play for this one, but I’ll leave the final decision to you.
Why You Should Smile
Well, if they things I just mentioned don’t get you smiling, I don’t know what will. You are a hard shell to crack. Just kidding!
Along with the reasons above, smiling creates a more inviting atmosphere around you. As I mentioned, we as humans are social creatures and smiling tells others that you are approachable. No one wants to talk to someone who looks like they haven’t smiled or had a happy moment in 30 years. There are people like that, you know you’ve seen them.
Walking down the street, you almost void eye contact in the hopes you don’t catch their negative atmosphere or worse, makes them even more upset because you’re happy and they’re not.
Other than the view others would have of you, smiling for yourself is just as powerful. You create happiness with everything you do, even when you’ve had a bad day, I bet you can think of something that would make you smile. Your kids playing, your furbabies, your significant other, the memories we have and the times we’ve spent with them cause you to crack a smile.
So remember, there is always something to smile about. We’ve recently loss one of our kitties. It was a strange day, I woke before either of my kids to find that he passed away during the night. He was sick, and we were sad, but a few days later we were talking and reminiscing of the times we had with that little firecracker of a cat. He was such a joy to have in our lives, (no matter how annoying his tendencies were). It shows that we are able to create happiness even through dark times.
What a Smile Can be Used For
We use smiles for many different reasons, but what are they?
We use smiles in greetings, to show affection, to cheer the broken hearted, and to reminisce of times past. We use them to communicate our feelings and our confidence.
What can you think of that you use a smile for?
How a Smile can Inspire
Smiles are the universal communicator of happiness and joy. Why do you think the Mona Lisa has been so memorable? It wasn’t just the artist, who is renowned for his work, but her smile has gone down in history. It’s the first thing you think of when you think of the Mona Lisa.
Smiles can inspire and encourage others from images to real life. People take pictures daily and in each one the subjects (or a majority of them, there is always that one person who refuses to cooperate) are smiling. As they look back on that photo, they don’t want to remember a time that wasn’t happy, joyous or entertaining.
A smile is a powerful tool, one you always have in your arsenal ready to be used whenever you need. It creates happiness just by the action of using it. What could be more powerful than that?
How do you use your smile to encourage others? How has a smile encouraged you?