Smiling is a universal language that we all understand. It communicates happiness, wellbeing and friendliness, making both the smiler and recipient feel great. A good joke, a happy memory or something tasty can instantly turn up the corners of our mouths and can spread from person to person within seconds. Go on, smile now – you probably feel better already!
What is it about flashing a winning grin that makes us feel good, and how can something so simple bring so many positive results? Read on to find out our top five benefits of smiling.
1. Smile the stress away!
Studies have shown that smiling, even under stress, can help us feel better as it reduces stress-enhancing hormones whilst increasing mood-enhancing hormones. The mere act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy, allowing it to release more feel-good hormones.
2. Spread the joy
As Louis Armstrong said, ‘When you’re smilin’, keep on smilin’, the whole world smiles with you...’
Smiling is extremely contagious, but unlike a cold this is a welcome gift. Smiles make smiles, so the next time you’re speaking to a friend or even in a shop, beam those pearly whites at the person you are talking to and see what you get back! Not only will you feel better, but so will they!
3. Make more friends!
It’s a known fact that more communication is received through body language than the words we say. People may forget what was said but will never forget how you made them feel. Smiling is the easiest first thing you can do to get people to like you as it radiates a feeling of trustworthiness and friendliness. Just ask yourself – who would you rather talk to: a face like thunder, or a cheery smile!
4. Makes you more attractive
Its true! Many surveys and studies have shown that an attractive smile makes a person more appealing and attractive. It shows that the person is happy and at ease, which can make anyone more visually likable. So the next time you’re asked to smile in a photo, you know why!
5. Smiling can lead to laughter
Now you can’t laugh without smiling, can you? With a group of friends it is easy to turn a few smiles into hysterical laughter. Not only is laughing fun but there are numerous health benefits too; it helps you burn calories and work the abs, it also helps blood flow, lowers blood sugar levels, reduces stress and improves sleep. You can read more about that in our Laughter Yoga article!
Smiling is a natural response that allows us to share our happiness with others. It helps make the world a happier place and with all the added health benefits, why shouldn’t we enjoy a smile every now and then! Even a tasty snack can turn a frown upside down, so why not grab one of our tasty Nakd Bits sharer bags, and spread the love.