A Simple Way to Improve Your Mood with a Smile
Smile | verb | to form ones features into a pleased, kind or amused expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed. Smiling is a natural and common practice in most cultures. So much so that we do not give it much thought. For most of us, we are either smiling or we’re not. That’s the extent of it. Yet, smiling is a vital bodily function. Primatologist Signe Preuschoft traces the smile back over 30 million years of evolution. Smiles are used to communicate information of many different forms. One of these is advertisement of sexual interest. Female smiles are appealing to heterosexual males, increasing physical attractiveness and enhancing sex appeal! Whoa! To think how much money I’ve spent over the years on makeup and perfumes, wish I knew this sooner! But aside from this fun fact, smiling offers incredible health benefits. It is by far one of the easiest and cheapest ways to boost your health, your mood, your longevity, and even your success.
Some of the significant benefits include:
• Slower heart rate – smiling slows the heart rate and relaxes the body. When the body is at ease the heart rests, which allows it to function properly without overworking.
• Reduce stress – smiling and laughing releases endorphins which counteract harmful stress induced hormones. Stress contributes to a great number of illnesses; therefore minimizing stress in our lives should be a top priority for the young and the old alike.
• Improve your mood – the release of endorphins will always result in a better mood. So even if your smile is not entirely genuine, after a while the body will recognize it as real and you will begin to notice an uplift in your mood.
• Build meaningful connections – smiling promotes trust which can contribute to a stronger, more meaningful connection with others, whether it is loved ones or prospect clients.
• Makes you more attractive – smiling is beautiful, period.
• Boosts your immune system – smiling will literally make you feel better. As mentioned above, the release of endorphins minimizes stress which in turn allows your body to function property. A relaxed body will focus on repairing damaged cells which will lead to an improved immune system.
Smiling is a gift to us from the universe, by using this gift we not only better ourselves, our bodies and our relationships but most importantly we give this gift back to the universe because every time you smile at someone you send positive energy back into the world. Chances are that stranger you smiled at on the train will take that little burst of kindness with them to their job, home or next encounter.
So remember “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing” ~ Mother Theresa.
Have a Great Day!
Article written by Alyana from LovePaparPen.com