Stressed? Smile more
Why is Smiling Important?
Along with the variety of health benefits, smiling is one easy way to convey confidence. You can also show people that you’re open, friendly, and it can make you more approachable. There are several other wonderful benefits that come when you smile, and you can read on to find out more.
- Studies and research have shown that smiling can help to reduce your stress and anxiety levels. By smiling, you reduce the amount of Cortisol and catecholamines in your system, and these are the hormones responsible for stress and anxiety. Additionally, your body will also release endorphins and these combat stress-causing hormones.
- When you smile, you appear more attractive to people. Smiling can transform your entire demeanour, and it makes you seem more approachable, more relaxed and more empathetic to people. People are more willing to interact with you on a daily basis if you have a bright, welcoming smile and in turn, this can boost your self-confidence levels.
- Smiling can lead to a boost in your immune system, which can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. Your body will raises your white blood cell count, which increases how well your immune system can react to illness or infection.
- When you laugh, it causes a slight increase in your heart rate followed by a period where your muscles relax, and your heart rate slows down. This can help to decrease your blood pressure levels and lead to a healthier, happier life.
Smile More and Improve Your Sense of Humour
Although it may be difficult at first, find a way to laugh at whatever life throws at you. Your body can’t tell the difference between forced and genuine laughter, and you’ll be able to watch your stress fade away when you start to find the humour in life.
You can also start to find the funny side to everyday life. Hang up some of your favourite comic strips, photos, or greetings cards that make you laugh. Look at them when you need a stress reliever and keep funny books or mementoes in your home and office.
Whether you’re in a social setting or alone, laughter and smiling can brighten up your entire day. So take a few minutes and smile today; you just might start seeing the health benefits. If you need more inspiration, this video explains the power of laughter and smiling.