It’s so common that we often don’t even notice it – when you walk down the street, or through the hallway, and so many people are frowning, not smiling. Whether they’re in the middle of a frustrating phone call, reading the news on their phone, or simply not having a good day. It’s becoming less and less common to see people smiling.
Did you know smiling is so important, both for your health and for your mood? Although it’s often unconscious – someone makes a funny comment, or you see a cute picture of a dog or a baby – smiling can also be a choice. Choosing to see the world in a positive way and focus on the good isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it!
Here are just a few more reasons that you should choose to smile each day:
- Smiling improves your mood. Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling down or upset about something, even a small smile can lift your mood and help you feel better? That’s because just the act of smiling (even if it’s forced) triggers the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin that help boost your mood. So the next time you’re in a bad mood, just try on a smile and see what it can do!
- Smiling is contagious. Not only can smiling improve your mood, it can also affect those around you. Normally we hear the word “contagious” and get nervous. No one likes being around someone with a cold or the flu, after all. But smiling is the good kind of contagious – one smile from you can help everyone else around you feel happier as well.
- Smiling helps you seem more confident. When you smile, not only do you feel better but you also appear more confident and successful to others. Some studies have shown that people who smile regularly get promoted more often and seem more approachable to others. Just one small change – smiling more often – can have a big impact on your work and relationships!
Smiling has lots of benefits, from your health to your relationships with others. Most importantly, smiling is a great way to stay positive, even when it seems like things are going wrong. Just the power of smiling can have huge effects on your life!