The simple act of smiling does far more than just make you look friendly - it can change your life and the lives of those around you. Here we share 10 reasons why you should flash your chompers more often:
It boosts your immune system…
Smiling changes the chemistry in your body. Studies have found smiling lowers your heart rate, steadies breathing and relaxes the body, which results in a stronger immune system.
Did you know that it improves your mood?
Psychologists have found if you grin for 60 seconds, no matter how fake or forced it feels, it releases serotonin which tricks the body into making you feel happy again. Try it!
OMG! It lowers your blood pressure
As you smile, endorphins go up and blood pressure comes down. Those who have monitored their blood pressure both before and after smiling show a measurable difference.
It makes you happier!
Rethink saying “thank you” with chocolates. According to The British Dental Health Foundation, a loving smile can produce the same feeling of comfort and mood change.
It melts hearts…
Several studies have found that a long-onset smile (around 0.5s) is seen as more authentic and flirtatious, and is also perceived as more attractive, trustworthy and less dominant.
You’ll be remembered
Flash those pearly whites in your next interview. If you are smiling, you are three times more likely to be remembered than a person who is displaying negative or neutral features.
Smile your way to success
Did you know that studies have found a smile plays an important part in the physical attractiveness stereotype? Which means people who smile are more likely to get a promotion as they are perceived as more successful, intelligent, and friendly. So smile your way genuinely and gracefully to the top!
It makes you look younger…
Smiling is a natural facelift! It plumps up the cells in your skin and gives you a radiant glow. In fact, a study found that 69 per cent of people find others more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup or pulling a serious face.
…and live longer
When you are smiling, it’s difficult not to be positive. And a positive attitude has been shown to increase life expectancy. Researchers at Columbia University found happier people were less likely to develop heart problems. Whoa!
A quote to smile about
“A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.”