Five Benefits of Smiling

You can’t help it and neither can we. One minute we’re talking, texting, or shopping. Subsequently, it materializes—a full-blown smile across our faces.

Involuntarily smiling happens instantly—over a shared memory with family, a joke by a colleague, or a heartwarming moment between friends. While the sudden burst of bliss can bring happiness, calm, and/or excitement, there are several other benefits that occur during the flash of smile. Without even trying, the simple tactic enhances your well-being, your outlook and your day-to-day life. Here are 5 benefits of showcasing your brightest smile.

A genuine smile signals
cooperation, respect, a positive
outlook and concern
(for oneself and others).

Longevity

The fountain of youth may be self-imposed, after all. Men and women who smile regularly live (an average of) seven years longer. Decreased stress and lowered heart rates are contributing factors, and a study from the London University College found being happy, and upholding a cheerful attitude, can reduce the risk of premature death by 35%. Even faking a smile through unpleasant happenings can assist in the control of stressful situations.

A genuine smile signals cooperation,
respect, a positive outlook and
concern (for oneself and others).

Trustworthiness

Trust us—there are a plethora of reasons to smile. Studies have shown a grin can make individuals appear more trustworthy—in business, work and social settings. A genuine smile signals cooperation, respect, a positive outlook and concern (for oneself and others). Undoubtedly, these qualities are important virtues to posses at the office, in friendships, and in relationships. Whether it’s with your co-worker, best friend or significant other, grinning sincerely is the easiest way to communicate allegiance and reliability—virtues we hold close. While keeping plans and following through are essential for a strong rapport, the foundation to dependability and credibility starts with a smile.

Attractiveness

Exploring new products, like cutting edge cosmetics and enhancing makeup palettes are pleasurable experiences. Case and point: Apa Tooth Gloss. Along with fighting germs and freshening breath, daily use enables teeth to become whiter and brighter. Max Planck Institute in Berlin found that smiley, happy, people were found more attractive and youthful than their serious, cheerful colleagues. Whiter teeth not only enhance confidence, but personal appeal as well. Smiling also displays to others that you’re personable, easy going, approachable and empathetic—attributes we admire.

Health

Eating well and exercising are two major factors that contribute to sustaining physical well-being, but smiling is another—and one that doesn’t require time, sweat, or expense. Strengthening one’s immune system is a residual benefit of showcasing a glowing smile. In a study, those who smiled and laughed had a higher white blood cell count than those who didn’t. Smiling also effectively helps issue endorphins, the chemicals that are released when we work out, which act as natural mood boosters, making us feel happy. Beyond sleep and meditation, smiling helps the body relax. In a study, those who physically showed their cheerfulness, by smiling, displayed lower heart rates than individuals with neutral facial expressions.

Strengthening one’s immune system is a residual benefit of showcasing a glowing smile.

Strengthening one’s immune system is a residual benefit of showcasing a glowing smile.

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Smiling is Contagious

While sharing important headlines, informational updates, and trends is already a steady ritual, the benefits of flashing a smile can be communal, too. Upon seeing another person grin, the brain activates to produce a mirrored response to mimic the expression. With a smile, passing along good news (such as getting promoted or upcoming travel plans) inspires shared delight, and the previously mentioned perks, too.

Even during our busiest days, and without putting forth much effort, smiling improves health, appearances, and relationships. It’s a simple solution to many of life’s difficulties. The smallest grin assists in managing stress and brings benefits to our friends and families in the process, which is certainly something to smile about.