A smile is free and easy to give
Recently, I wrote a post entitled, What to Wear. Someone asked me to write about smiling again, so here I go. To continue with the benefits, apart from the obvious—making someone else’s day better—I have a list that Mark Stibich, Ph.D., compiled.
Eight Reasons to Smile
Smiling makes us better looking. When we smile, we are drawing people to us. We open up and let the sun shine and that makes us more inviting.
Studies show that using our smiling muscles can actually “fake out” our brains and elevate our mood.
Smiling relieves stress. If nothing else, it slows us down. We think about things we are thankful for and that eases the burdens in our minds.
Smiling boosts your Immune System. Some of you may have heard the old adage, a merry heart does good like a medicine. Dr. Norman Cousins did a study in UCLA that proved that merriness actually causes Cancer to go into remission. Google him sometime, you’ll be amazed at the results of his study. That quote is in Proverbs by the way, the one about a merry heart.
Smiling lowers your blood pressure. If you have a machine that monitors this check it out. Take the reading then sit for a few minutes smiling and take a second reading.
Smiling releases endorphins into your system. Try watching a funny movie. Notice how you feel at the beginning and notice how you feel after.
Finally, smiling makes your face look younger. It lifts the muscles. Keep coming back to this throughout the day – take a minute to smile. I know some business people who keep a small mirror by their desks so they can monitor how their faces look throughout the day. Whenever clients are on the way in they check themselves to make sure their smile is in place. By the end of the day, you will look better.
People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. Lee Mildon
Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too. Anonymous
People photos Courtesy of superwhitesmile.com.