Everyone has had a bad day where they don’t even want to see anyone, let alone smile at them too.
But, if you are in a bad mood, there are actually scientific reasons as to why you should smile in these situations, rather than frown. It has been shown that just the act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your general health, and even add years onto your life.
To some, this may seem like an absurd idea because, surely, smiling comes during or after happiness. But, according to scientists, when you smile, your brain releases certain hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which can brighten our moods almost instantly. These are just a few of the ways smiling can improve everyone’s mood – including your own.
According to research, smiling can help people recover after a stressful episode. Researchers have found that if someone smiles during brief, stressful situations, this may help reduce the response stress has on their body. This is regardless of whether the person actually feels happy or not.
Therefore, smiling not only shows happiness to others, but it could also be a coping mechanism for the stresses life has to offer individuals too.
Get that feel-good feeling
Some research has shown that facial expressions do have a genuine impact on our feelings and mood. It may be that in the next few years, that this research is used to help treat, and potentially cure, mental health conditions. Other research has shown that things like depression, and sadness can weaken your immune system, whereas happiness can strengthen it.
In the 19th century, a French scientist called Guillaume Duchenne studied facial psychology and discovered differences in the way the brain processes “real” smiles versus “fake” smiles. According to the scientist, even if you produce a fake smile, it still causes your brain to acknowledge happiness. Therefore, leading people to feel happy, even when they might be the opposite.
So far, whether they are real or fake, smiles have proven to improve both mental and physical health!
The art of attraction
It is a universal fact that smiling instantly makes people look more approachable and attractive. Smiling is said to brighten peoples eyes, and make them look more appealing to other humans. Although there has been speculation that smiling makes you age quicker, research has shown that laughter lines are actually very attractive and cause people to gravitate to someone who has them.
It should now be evident that smiling is associated with increased happiness levels that affect both you, and the people around you. Therefore, if you are seen as a happier and more positive person, you are bound to come across more attractive to the people you come into contact with.
These are just a few benefits of smiling, and one of the best things to note about it is that it is contagious. So, by smiling at someone else, chances are they will smile back, and we know what that means! Hopefully, by smiling at someone that will also improve their mood and mean they are more likely to smile at someone as well.
So, next time you’re out and about and smile at someone, you have probably started a happiness chain – pretty cool, right? It’s time we all started smiling just that little bit more.