Last Updated on August 22, 2022 by Lori Geurin
Are you a smiley person? If so, you may be aware that there are some crazy impressive health benefits of smiling. Also, have you ever noticed how many quotes there are about smiling? Take these for example.
- Be the reason someone smiles today.
- Keep smiling. It makes people wonder what you’re up to.
- Nothing beats a great smile.
- A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.
- A smile is the curve that sets everything straight.
- Let your smile change the world but do not let the world change your smile.
- There is always a reason to smile. Find it.
- If you see a friend without a smile give him one of yours.
- Why be moody when you can shake yo booty? (oh, wait that’s for another article)
As you can probably see from these smile quotes, many of us at least think about smiling.
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Facts About Smiling and Ginger Speak Is An Actual Thing
One wintery day, several years back, our two middle kiddos, Cooper and Maddie, lost their teeth at school the same day. The school nurse gave them a little plastic tooth necklace to bring their teeth home in and place them under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy.
Do you know how twins have their own language – cryptophasia? Well, I’ve often said these two speak their own middle child language. They have such a rapport with each other. And they’ll say things to each other no one else seems to understand. Then they’ll burst out laughing.
Honestly, it’s a little unnerving and funny at the same time. You’re thinking, are they laughing at me? And, yes, yes they probably are.
I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the red hair.
The key is to act like you’re in control of the situation at all times – even if you’re not sure. I think.
I mean, does any parent ever know for sure?!
Anyway, I’ll never forget those giant toothy (yet, partially toothless) grins, the turtlenecks they were wearing because it was so cold that day and the tooth necklaces around their necks. #MomMoments
Now get ready for a profound thought…
Smiling and laughing come naturally to children, but as we get older do we get more serious? Or do we still remember how to laugh with the reckless abandon of a child?
Even though adult life has many changes with bills to pay, bosses to please and families to support don’t forget…you’re only as old as you feel. Smiling every day is not only acceptable, but it might be just what the doctor ordered!
6 Unexpected Benefits Of Smiling
1. Reduces Stress And Anxiety
When you smile the pituitary gland releases chemical endorphins throughout the body. These neurotransmitters naturally lower our stress and cause us to feel happier…and who doesn’t love that?!
2. Stimulates The Immune System
Smiling causes your body to make white blood cells that fight off illness. A 2015 study showed laughter therapy boosted the immune response in women who had just given birth to babies. (1)
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3. Makes You Appear More Approachable
Smiling makes you more confidant and attractive to others.
A smile is warm and welcoming and shows other people you’re open to interacting with them.
4. Increases Longevity
A 2010 study found that positive emotions, such as smiling are directly linked to an increased life span. (2)
5. Improves Your Mood
When you’re feeling down in the dumps, try smiling because it’s been shown to enhance your mental health. Findings of a 2010 study reported that when you make yourself smile when you’re feeling sad emotions it improves your state of mind and helps you see life more positively. (3)
So, as much as we hate to admit it, maybe there’s something to that ‘fake it till you make it’.
6. Improves Relationships
People who smile a lot are often likable, and this can have a positive influence on your relationships.
In fact, positive emotions are associated with more successful interactions and overall happiness in marriage.
Summary – Benefits of Smiling and Laughing
Whether young or old, the benefits of smiling for your health and relationships are too many to count.
The simple act of putting a smile on your face can boost your mood and positively transform your day. People will find you even more likable when you show off those pearly whites and dazzle them with that amazing smile!
What benefits have you noticed from smiling? Do you have any funny stories to tell?
Please share in the comments below – I love hearing from you, friends!
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