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Why Smiles are Important

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Why Smiles are Important

 

Recent research has shown that the simple act of smiling can actually have profound positive benefits to our overall well-being and especially our mental health and happiness. In general, people who smile more often are happier – and it is a wonderful cycle that continues. When we are happy, we smile – and when we smile, we feel happier.

 

 

The Happy Cycle of Smiling

 

When our facial muscles are activated into a smiling motion, we tend to feel better – even if the smile is not a result of initial happiness. One study showed that people who had botox injections were less likely to become depressed and they reported feeling less down throughout the day in general. This was not a result of the botox chemicals, but rather a result of how the botox effects the facial muscles to encourage smiling.

 

As an additional benefit to smiling, people are generally better received and viewed as more attractive when they smile. In one study, participants were shown photos of people without smiles and then with a smile on their face – in almost every case, the smiling photos were rated to be more attractive. Smiling will also encourage those around you to also smile, and therefore be happier.

 

When we smile, not only do we feel better ourselves, but we also encourage those around us to smile themselves and therefore, feel happier. Sometimes a simple smile is all that it takes to completely turn someone’s day around. It may be small, but it is meaningful.

 

Feel Better, and Help Others too!

 

If you are looking to spread a little cheer – and perhaps start to feel better yourself, consider making smiling into a daily habit. You will appreciate the affects smiling can have on your mood – and you may help a stranger out as well.

 

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