10 Ways Smiling Impacts Your Well-Being

Smiling is an action that everyone does, but no one really thinks about. Believe it or not, the act of smiling has an impact on your everyday well-being. We’ve listed eight ways smiling gives your overall health and lifestyle a necessary boost, inside and out.

  1. Smiling Increases Happiness – The British Dental Health Foundation conducted a study that shows that smiling dramatically improves mood. When you smile, your brain releases “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins, as well as natural pain killers and serotonin which makes you feel happy.
  2. Smiling Makes Us Appear More Attractive and Younger – Smiles are contagious and people are drawn to those who smile. Smiling naturally lifts the face, and studies have shown to make people look younger, around 3 years younger on average.
  3. Smiling Relieves Stress – Stress causes many physical reactions including increasing blood sugar levels, disturbing the natural function of the digestive system and increasing pulse rate. Smiling reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and gives you a quick burst of energy.
  4. Smiling Lowers Blood Pressure – When you smile, your blood pressure increases briefly before dropping to below-normal levels. Since your breathing increases during this process, it allows more oxygen and nutrients to flow throughout your body, causing your blood pressure to decrease.
  5. Smiling Improves the Immune System – Since stress hormones decrease when you smile, it allows certain antibodies or immune cells to increase. This boost in your immune cells helps your body fight off illnesses like the common cold.
  6. Smiling Increase Productivity – Smiling has been shown to increase productivity while performing tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality.
  7. Smiling Increases Longevity – People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study.
  8. Smiling Can Make You More Successful – Those who smile are more likely to earn more money through tips and raises. They are also more readily approached with business ideas and offered advancements.

 

Can you think of other ways that smiling impacts your well-being? Let us know in your comments below!

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