The Power of smiling

Smiling and laughing can have a positive effect on your well-being, but as you make the transition from child to adult, you often tend to lose the habit of indulging in these behaviors.

Health Benefits of Smiling

  1. Live longer : Smiling can add 7 years to your life!
  2. Pain Threshold: Smiling reduced effects of pain and aggression
  3. More succesful: On average smilers are more contented and successful
  4. Stronger Immune System: Boosts HGH Production and reduces cancer risk.
  5. Reduces Stress: Neuropeptides are released, lowering blood pressure and anxiety.
They also act as the body’s natural pain killers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall over.

Smiling by Numbers

6. Attractiveness: A beaming smile makes you more attractive. 71% of women and 58% of men rate a smile as the most desirable feature in a partner.

7. Memorable: 24% of people said that a smile is the facial feature they remember most when meeting people.

8. Americans smile more! Americans smile the most across cultures, Russians the least. The “Pan-American” smile however, may not always be a genuine smile.

9. Reciprocation: More than 50% of people will return a smile, proving smiling is contagious and good for those around you.

How to Smile and Laugh More Often

There are simple ways to bring more smiling and laughing into your day:

  • Smile and laugh regularly. As mentioned, your brain does not know the difference between a fake or real smile, and by doing so more often you will feel better, and become more likely to smile and laugh more spontaneously.
  • Watch funny films, TV, and theater shows. This is a excellent way to inject some instant humor into your life. By avoiding negative programs and news broadcasts, you can also balance make your viewing more positive and lighthearted, with more opportunity for a chuckle or two.
  • Spend time with friends and family that make you feel happy.Surrounding yourself with happy, fun-loving, optimistic people will bring out your happy side, and their behaviour will rub off on you as you subconsciously mimic their behavioural patterns.
  • Find things to smile and laugh about. Once you start consciously looking at all the things that are funny and uplifting, you will be more aware of them, in tune with them, and more ready to engage in a spontaneous smile or laugh.