Smile

The power of a smile can do wonders, but what can it really do?

Let’s look at it further…

WIKI

  • 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.

Dictionary.com

  •  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!

Laughter Benefits

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.

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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).

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

Laughing

Laughter

Laughing is an every day part of our lives, whether it’s giant belly laughs with friends or small, barely audible ones you hide from your co-workers so they can’t hear you. They can come from anywhere and are known to have many benefits.

But first…

Dictionary

  1. the action or sound of laughing.
  2. an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness: man of laughter and goodwill.
  3. an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.
  4. Archaic . an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement.

WIKI

  1. The sound of laughing, produced by air so expelled; any similar sound.
  2. A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the laughing face, particularly of the lips, and of the whole body, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs.
  3. (archaic) A reason for merriment.

Types of Laughter

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You may not be aware, but there are many types of laughter and I’ll touch on them briefly.

Nervous Laughter

I bet you can guess this one. There’s not much explaining to it. It’s the laugh you perform when your nervous and your not sure if you’re supposed to laugh or comment. It’s a way we cover awkward silence or embarrassment. When was the last time you chuckled or laughed at something that was said without knowing how to respond.

Silent/Internal Laughter

You’ll know this one as well. It’s those laughs you keep inside or hide from others. Example: You’re at work and you’ve decided to bring up Facebook or YouTube and view some funny cat videos just to give your brain a break. You don’t want anyone to know what your up to so you keep your laughter hidden and silent.

Or you didn’t find something as funny as someone else and you just give a small chuckle to be polite.

Belly/snorting Laughter

Yep, you know this one too. You know that one person who is outrageously loud and obnoxious when they laugh? That’s a belly laugh and if you haven’t experienced one, then you are totally missing out!

This laugh comes when you are at your most relaxed and your body is willing to let everything out when you find something hilarious. Go on, try it sometime.

Contagious Laughter

This is what happens when you get together with your siblings or best friends. One of you laughs and the rest follow. You can’t help it, but laugh when others around you find something funny.

Cruel Laughter

We all know what this is, right? When you laugh at someone else’s expense. When someone does something to another to make themselves feel like they are more powerful and you laugh at their antics. As it states, it cruel and childish.

Some you may not know about are as follows…

Etiquette Laughter

This is where you laugh to show respect for another. It’s usually forced, but no one ever calls you on it because you’re trying to show your respect for the person who is trying to make you laugh.

Canned Laughter

These are laughs you hear on TV shows and commercials. It’s recorded laughter used to be inserted at a specific time during the production to elicit laughter from the audience. Have you ever laughed at a specific spot in a show because you heard others laughing? Yep, that’s it.

 

Benefits of Laughter

Laughter Benefits

Laughing is proven to provide many benefits to the human body. Below are some of them.

Physical

  • Boost Immune System
  • Deminishes Pain
  • Relaxes Muscles
  • Aid Circulation
  • Protects Against Heart Desease

Mental Health

  • Lowers Anxiety
  • Releases Tension
  • Improves Mood
  • Foster’s Resilience

Social Experience

  • Strenghtens Relationships
  • Helps Defuse Conflict
  • Allows People to Operate as a Team

How to Find Laughter

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There are many ways find laughs if you take the time to look for it. Here are some ways to find laughter around you.

  • Smile, you never know where laughter will come from.
  • Watch Funny Shows
  • Read Jokes or Comics
  • Check out bookstores for something humrous
  • Go to a Comedy Club
  • Do Something Silly
  • Make time for fun activities
    • Games with friends and family
    • Play with pets/children
  • Gravetate toward the humorous

Now for some fun!

Things You May Not Know…

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  1. People are 30 times more likely to laugh while in groups than alone.
  2. Rats are ticklish
  3. It’s hard to catch your breath while laughing because your diaphragm spasms
  4. Your brain can tell the difference between deliberate and unintentional laughter, it’s impossible for you to surprise your own brain
  5. Laughter is contagious
  6. Tickling and laughter is a form of communication between parents and children
  7. People you know are funnier
  8. Laughter requires precise timing – comedians do this very well
  9. Laughter is attractive
  10. You are almost guaranteed to laugh watching someone else try to fight laughing

Now that you’ve gained so much information on laughter, go out and enjoy the benefits of laughter in your own life.