The Science of Smiling
A smile can do a lot. It’ can light up a room. It can put someone at ease. It’s a great way to start and end a conversation. But a smile can also be beneficial to your health and overall well being. Several studies have shown that a simple smile can have all kinds of positive side effects beyond improving a mood or brightening a day.
One study done in 2009 found that smiling can help lower blood pressure. Another study in 2015 found that smiling can lower your heart rate during particularly stressful tasks. A smile is often the gateway to laughter and a study done in 2015 found a direct correlation between laughter and positive immune responses in women that had just given birth. If you’re injured or sore, a study done in 2012 found that social laughter increases your pain threshold. So, simply being around something or someone that makes you smile and laugh can help you feel better. Smiling can also combat depression. A 2013 study found that in a test group of 74 subjects, by decreasing their likelihood of frowning, 52% of the subjects reported feeling less depressed. They say smiling can be contagious and a professor out of the University of California believes this to be true. Your smile will activate the “mirror neurons” in those around you and they’ll be more apt to smile.
So to wrap this up, there are all kinds of reasons to show those pearly whites to the world. Not only will you improve your health, feel better, lower your stress levels and boost your immune system; you’ll help those around you do so as well. All with a simple flip of the lips. So, go on and share your smile with the world and they’ll be literally happy to share theirs with you.
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