Smiling isn’t hard. Almost everyone does it, especially when it is deserved. Most people smile when they see their best friends or when someone tells a good joke. But what about when there is no reason to smile? Is there any point in smiling then?
Here are five reasons you should start every day with a smile:
1 – Smiling Can Increase Your Mood
When people are in a good mood, naturally they are inclined to smile. But, can the simple act of smiling actually make your mood better?
According to Dr. David Solly, a psychology professor, studies suggest that smiling actually activates areas of the brain associated with reward and triggers the release of dopamine, which helps make you feel good. And since it is voluntary, you can actually trick your brain into thinking you are in a pleasant situation by smiling.
So, next time you are in a bad mood, try smiling before doing anything else!
2 – Smiling Makes You More Productive
We already talked about how smiling improves your mood. But, it doesn’t just end there.
I don’t know about you, but when I am in a good mood, I am a lot more productive. Instead of worrying about all the problems in my life, I am able to focus on my work and get a lot more done in the process.
This is also backed by research. A 2010 research study by Andrew Oswald, a professor of economics, proved that employees who smile more often are more productive and creative in their workplace.
So, if you have a lot of work on your plate, try starting off with a smile!
3 – Smiling Can Lower Your Stress
We have already mentioned a couple ways in which smiling can lower your stress levels. The big one being an improved mood.
But, there’s more. According to Dr. Solly, there appears to be a link between smiling and stress level indicators such as heart rate and blood pressure. This isn’t just good for your stress levels, it is good for your overall health.
It is also difficult to stay angry when you smile, so next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, make sure you smile through it!
4 – Smiling Makes You More Approachable
Who do you think would be easier to start a conversation with: the person who has a stern, cold facial expression, or the person with a warm, welcoming smile? I’m assuming everyone said the latter.
The same goes for you. People will have a much easier time approaching you if you have a smile on your face.
And the same can be said for when you are walking into an interview, interacting with a customer or getting your crush to talk to you.
Having a smile will help you get along with anyone!
5 – Smiles Are Contagious!
People usually do one of two things when passing someone on the street. They either walk by and pretend the other person doesn’t exist, or they acknowledge the other person with a smile.
Nine times out of ten, the person who smiled will get a smile in return. Why is this the case? Because smiles are contagious!
You may be wondering what the point would be to smile at someone you probably won’t ever see again.
Well, when you acknowledge someone with a smile, you are inviting them to share your joy! And we have already established that smiling increases your mood.
In other words, you can make someones day on top of increasing your own mood with a simple smile. Isn’t that worth it?
Sources: Lifehack, ExpertBeacon
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