The Power of a Smile — How Smiling Can Change Your Mood

Devin C. Hughes
Dec 14, 2017 · 1 min read

Have you ever seen someone smiling, even though they may not have much to smile about?

They may be practicing (consciously or unconsciously) a really amazing way to amp up the happiness quotient.

Smiling isn’t just for the happy — it can MAKE you happy!

How does this work?

Well, the brain is pretty in tune with your body, and in this case certain muscle/nerve stimuli from you face (namely, the zygomatic major, the muscle necessary for you to smile) signal to the brain that you’re probably pretty stoked about something.

This, in turn, releases neurotransmitters that tell your whole brain and body, “Hey, guess what? We’re happy!” This, of course, is a simplified explanation but it pretty much sums up the effects smiling can have on our psyches.

Give it a try right now!

So now that I’ve told you about it, don’t you want to see just how it works?

Anytime you find yourself feeling a little frowny or irritated/sad/morose, try smiling. A genuine smile. Hold it for about 15 to 30 seconds. When you release it, note the change in your outlook.

Almost guaranteed you’ll feel lighter and a little happier for it.

Devin C. Hughes

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Keynote Speaker | Mindfulness Maven | Happiness Muse | Author | Diversity & Inclusion Advocate | www.devinchughes.com

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