Life is like a mirror, smile at it and it will smile back at you.
When someone smiles at you even a random stranger on the street, you feel a level of happiness. Then you smile at them and feel the same pleasure, and this one thing will sail you and the person smooth through the whole day. Smiles are in fact contagious.
The power of a smile is one of the ceaseless wonders of the world says Malcolm Forbes. There is nothing in this world that can’t be solved with a smile. Nothing shakes a smiling heart.
Notice it or not but as we grow older we tend to smile less. Did you know a baby smiles about 400 times a day whereas an average adult smiles only 20 times a day. We probably only smile now when someone says ‘cheese’. Yes, life gets harder as we grow but we all know when life gives you lemons SMILE and make lemonade.
Smiling should be like breathing, do it without thinking there should not be any reasons why. We smile because it makes us feel good, happy and because we appreciate what life has given us. But, a simple smile can give you a lot more than you think. Scientifically, even an involuntary smile can bring value to your life. It is a curve that sets everything straight.
Now that we know how smiling is bliss lets see the reasons why. Here it is…..let’s go
7 Reasons why you should smile everyday:
1. Smiling makes you look more attractive:
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. A confident smile attracts more than facial features. It can change your image in the other person’s life. It shows you are confident, fearless, approachable, harmonious, warm and everything good. Your face can convey a lot that sometimes you don’t even need speech to express yourself.
Ask yourself would you be someone’s partner who groans, is rude with people, smirks on every situation. I suppose no very confidently. All of us are attracted to people who smile at us maybe with a little nod. Instantly we think oh! he/she is so sweet or he/she is such a nice person. There probably weren’t any specific reasons why they smiled but you would always remember them as a good person.
2. Smiling reduces stress and improves mood:
Peace begins with a smile. A forced smile can also trick you into happiness.
A fascinating study by the University of Kansas published in the journal Psychological Science indicates that, in some circumstances, smiling can actually reduce stress and help us feel better. Scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman studied 170 participants who were told to hold chopsticks in their mouths in three formations, making them smile to various degrees without realizing it, after performing a stressful task.
The experiment revealed that subjects who smiled the biggest with the chopsticks experienced a substantial reduction in heart rate and quicker stress recovery compared to those whose expressions remained neutral.
A smile really is the best medicine.
3. Smiling makes you trustworthy:
Imagine you go to a restaurant for a nice dinner and the staff greets you with a smile and listens to you with patience. The next time you think of going for a dinner you would remember that restaurant. Now you trust it just because of one thing that is smile. A genuine smile as said in the first point is attractive and approachable.
It can be a great way to make a first good impression. It connects us with people and they would want to come and talk to you. It is a statement.
4. Smiling boosts productivity:
Smiling through the day can actually help you ignore the negative parts which further frees your mind to be more creative and productive. While the brain is naturally inclined to think in negative terms as a defense mechanism, the habitual act of smiling helps the mind move to a more positive space and remain there longer the more you do it.
Feeling happy can motivate you and help bring out good solutions and ideas. Smiling makes you seem more confident and successful at work. When you think of someone successful, you probably picture someone confidently smiling.
5. Smiling boosts immunity:
When you are stress-free, your immune system doesn’t focus on fighting the perceived threat but focuses on defending your body from diseases. This increases your white blood cells that are accountable to protect you from infections. When your mental health is in place your physical health has the strength to stay healthy. A smile can relax your mind which in turn maintains good blood pressure.
A 2009 review explains that laughter causes an initial increase in heart rate, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, which helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease. So in this pandemic maybe smiling can also play an important role along with other remedies to save you from the dreadful coronavirus.
6. Smiling can lead you to a longer life:
Smiles can not just improve your health but also of the people around you. When you see someone without a smile give them yours. A person going through depression or feeling low can be brought out of it by just a smile. It’s the ability to improve mental, as well as physical health, can actually increase your life expectancy. The willingness to live is destroyed and you don’t have reasons why you would want to live. But, when you are happy you appreciate the world around you. Let’s go through a surprising study not scientifically proven but surely very interesting.
Abel and Kruger in 2009 studied and found a surprising relationship between baseball cards and smile width. They examined the smiles of baseball players from the 1950s and separated them into three groups: no smiles, slight smiles, and big smiles. They found that the span of the players’ smiles predicted the players’ life span. Players who did not show a smile in their photo lived an average of 72.9 years, those with a slight smile lived an average of 75 years, and those with a big smile lived an average of 79.9 years.
Every smile makes you a day younger.
7. Build good relationships:
Good people are very rare in today’s world. Therefore the relationships that we have with our loved ones should be treasured and valued. Not just the ones that you have but also the ones that you want to build. Create happy memories rather than giving or receiving expensive gifts, those gifts might break in the future but the memories would last till you last. Learn to say sorry and let go with a smile and see how it strengthens your relationship. Smiles build connection and trust within people. Smile is a key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.
So, above were some of the most amazing reasons why you should smile every day. Hope it encourages you and makes your life better.
A happy ending
Smiles can make the earth a better place to live. We are living in the 21st century where we have almost every facility we need and not need. What we don’t have is time. The world has so much to offer yet as much as we wish we cannot grab everything in our arms. So appreciate what you have with a smile and without any regrets.
It is said that in the course of our lives we meet approximately 80,000 people in our lives. Therefore understand that different people lead different lives and we don’t know all of them and what they are going through. Which is why to smile and be kind as much as you can.
With your one smile you can make someone’s day, so use that power. Smile is free therapy and it speaks all languages. When we smile, it makes those around us feel good, happy and loved. It’s difficult to frown when someone is smiling at you. Smile as much as you can ignore the negatives because life has given you so much to be happy for. It’s free but it’s worth a lot.
A good life is when you smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.
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