Feeling down and need something to quickly perk you up? Try smiling! So how does smiling help?
According to many studies, smiling can have a huge impact on your emotion. Smiling can help reduce stress-enhancing hormones and increase mood-enhancing hormones. Our facial expressions not only display an emotion, they also have a direct impact on our emotion. So if we are constantly frowning or stern faced, it can increase our feelings of pain or sadness, whereas our joy can intensify if we smile more.
In addition, if you try to smile while you experience a pain, your feelings of pain will be less.So the next time you encounter a painful experience, such as getting your shot or waxing your legs, try smiling! At times though, you may not feel like smiling or in the mood to smile. However, even forcing or faking that smile can help increase your positive feelings. So don't give up! Keeping faking it until it become real.
If smiling can have such a profound impact on your own mood, could it also affect those around you? Yes! In fact, as humans, we tend to naturally mimic the facial expression of those that we see. That is why when you smile at someone, in most cases, they can't help but smile back at you. So if you see someone smile, it can also enhance your own feelings of happiness. The next time you see someone looking down, try smiling at them and see how it can move them to also smile. Smiling can help you and those around you feel happier!
Smiling can also help your immune system function better! The reason? Apparently when you smile, you are more relaxed because of the release of certain neurotransmitters and that can help improve the function of your immune system. So strengthen your overall immune system by smiling more often!
Have you ever noticed that you are more naturally drawn to people who smile? Instead, those who tend to frown or scowl often tend to push people away from them. If you're already feeling down, you don't really want to be around someone who looks upset or down either as you won't feel uplifted. Smiling also makes you appear younger as it uses muscles that lift the fact. So try to smile more often! You not only feel better, but you'll look more attractive to those around you!
Try this: Smile and think of something negative without losing your smile. It isn't easy right? So even if you're forcing a smile on your face, it can really help to combat those negative feelings or thoughts that try to push their way into your mind. Keep smiling to keep fighting off those negative thoughts and your brain and body will follow suit with your facial expression!