We're sharing 5 key benefits that a brighter smile has to your health and well-being and how your smile can elevate your mood.
As behavioral psychologist Sarah Stevenson has written in Psychology Today, “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” Let's beat #bluemonday together by sharing our kick-ass smile.
1. Smiling induces more pleasure in the brain than chocolate
For real though. According to Ron Gutman, the author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, “British researchers found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.” Where can we sign up?!
2. Even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost
We have been led to believe that a forced smile is just fake. However, studies have shown that even research subjects directed to place a pencil between their teeth, forcing their lips into a smile, actually feel better. That forced smile we keep showing our boss might actually be good for us! If Meghan Markle can do it...so can we.
3. The span of a person's smile can predict life span (allegedly...)
A 2010 Wayne State University research project studied pre-1950s major league player baseball cards. According to Gutman, “The researchers found that the span of a player's smile could actually predict the span of his life. Players who didn't smile in their pictures lived an average of only 72.9 years, where players with beaming smiles lived an average of almost 80 years.”
4. Smiling is contagious
This we know you know, but we wanted to remind you. Smile and others will follow.
5. Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being
Fact. Don't forget it.
Whenever we smile, endorphins, serotonin and dopamine (natural chemicals in our body that make us feel happy) start buzzing. These are natural pain relievers and de-stressers.
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Please note this article is based on the opinion of the writer and does not assert or defend factual claims.