How Smiling More Often Will Improve Your Life


Smiling is really good for you. The more often you do it, the better you’ll feel. It can make you healthier, happier, more attractive, and more successful.

Smiling Makes You Happier

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that originate in the pituitary gland and other parts of the body. Your body naturally releases endorphins in times of stress. This helps reduce pain and causes feelings of happiness.

When you smile, a release of endorphins is “triggered by the movements of the muscles in your face, which is interpreted by your brain, which in turn releases these chemicals.” This might sound hard to believe, but smiling causes your brain to make you happier. And when it comes to making your brain release endorphins “a fake smile” actually “works as well as the real thing.”

By smiling consistently over time, you can retrain your brain to feel happier.

The more you smile, the more effective you are at breaking the brain’s natural tendency to think negatively. If you smile often enough, you end up rewiring your brain to make positive patterns more often than it does negative ones.

Smiling Makes You Healthier

In one study conducted by the University of Kansas, people who performed a stressful task were told to hold their mouths in various formations with chopsticks. The research subjects who forced themselves to smile “actually experienced a substantial reduction in heart rate and quicker stress recovery.”

There’s additional research which suggests that smiling “helps rid the body of stress.” Stress is a major risk factor for all sorts of negative medical conditions, including heart disease. That’s why “people who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease.”

Smiling Makes You More Attractive

Smiling makes you look better. One study found that “both men and women increased their attractiveness by smiling.” Smiling also causes you to appear younger by lifting the muscles in your face. It’s estimated that smiling makes you look “around 3 years younger on average.”

Smiling Can Make You More Successful

Smiling will also benefit you in your professional life. It can help you achieve success by making you “appear more confident, self-assured, and on top of your game.” That’s why people who smile more often “are more likely to earn more money.”

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