I was inspired by my therapist to make a list of fun facts about why you should smile – even when you just don’t feel like it. Seriously, when you’re sad, mad, or just down in the dumps, smile and tell me that it doesn’t do anything to your current state. Just do it. Or read these first and then do it.
Biological Benefits of Smiling & Laughing
- Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood
- Endorphins are released when you smile. Endorphins are the feel good neurotransmitters that make us feel happier and less stressed.
- Endorphins increase, while cortisol (the stress hormone) decreases.
- Laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles in the body, and stimulates homeostasis.
- Smiling can boost your immune system
- Smiling reduces blood pressure
- A good laugh can be an effective way to release emotions
Facts About Smiling That Might Make You Smile
- Smiling is a form of exercise (who needs the gym!)
- Babies are born with the ability to smile
- Smiles are contagious
- It’s easier to smile than frown
- It’s a universal sign of happiness
- We smile at work, but smile more at home
- Smiles use from 5 – 53 facial muscles – you’ll stay pretty longer
- Smiling helps you get promoted and you’ll get rich quicker
- Women smile more than men because being a woman is more fun!
- Smiles are more attractive than makeup!
- Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you.
- There are 19 different types of smiles
Leave a comment about what makes you smile, it might make someone else smile too!
Have a happy smiling day! 🙂