Do you find yourself smiling often throughout the day? If not, you should– and this doesn’t just benefit those around you! While your smile does have the power to make a difference to someone else, the act of smiling alone is able to force your body into producing lower stress levels, and boost your mood–even if that smile is a forced smile. Smiling reduces your heart rate to a healthy level, even when compared to the heart rate at a neutral facial expression. The act of smiling produces endorphins, and can give you that “runner’s high” feeling–without running! Below are a couple of other surprising benefits of smiling. Remember that even if your smile isn’t spontaneous at first, the very act may put you in a better, more pleasant mood.
- It boosts the immune system by producing more white blood cells.
- Smiling makes you look more approachable. Many studies and surveys show that people are more likely to strike a conversation or engage socially with someone who is smiling.
- Smiling can help you step out of your comfort zone. If you are feeling awkward in an unfamiliar situation, try smiling. It is proven to help you feel more at ease.
- A smiling face is deemed more trustworthy than a neutral or frowning one.
- Studies have ranked smiling as a top quality of an effective leader.
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