4 October 2019
Did you that today is World Smile Day?
A day that knows no politics, no geography, no religion; simply good cheer and good will. The day has been marked since 1999, and in my opinion, is a great idea! Why? Because smiling is one of the single greatest tools that we have.
Here are three reasons why we could all embrace World Smile Day, today and everyday…
Smiling reduces stress
Did you know that smiling lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress? The simple act of smiling is proven to reduce your heart rate and settle anxious feelings. A study by University of Kansas psychologists that will soon be published in the journal Psychological Science indicates that, in some circumstances, smiling can actually reduce stress and help us feel better.
“Age old adages, such as ‘grin and bear it,’ have suggested smiling to be not only an important nonverbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life’s stressful events,” said researcher Tara Kraft. “We wanted to examine whether these adages had scientific merit; whether smiling could have real health-relevant benefits.”
Smiling lifts your mood
More than just reflecting our mood when we’re already happy, a smile actually triggers the release of feel-good chemicals like serotonin and endorphins to make you feel better and even relieve pain. Research has found that even a forced smile can have the same effect, still making you feel happier.
Lifts the mood of those around you
Smiling is contagious! Studies show a link between people smiling and those around them smiling in response. Try it with the people around you!
Ultimately smiling impacts our overall mood because of the way our bodies and brains connect. A smile triggers measurable brain activity. What is making you smile today? Let me know in the comments below.