Wellbeing and mental health

5 reasons to smile

“Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain” writes Behavioural Psychologist, Sarah Stevenson, so why not kick start your day with a little celebration?

  1. Smiling makes you look good, and people are more attracted to those who smile.
  2. Smiling is contagious.  If you smile, it lifts the mood of others and the smiles start catching.  Interestingly, research shows that people who do not return a smile are making a conscious effort not to because we are wired to smile back.  Even representations of a smile cause us to grin.
  3. Smiley people live longer because…
  4. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress, and…
  5. When a smile flashes across your face, feel-good neurotransmitters are released which can relax your body, lower your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure.  Plus the endorphins can act as a natural pain reliever without the side effects.

So, each time you smile at somebody, their brain coaxes them to return the favour.  By smiling you set up an amazing chain reaction which encourages a response and builds relationship, makes you both look more attractive and feel relaxed, and increases the chances of you both living longer, healthier lives.


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