It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. So if you’re feeling down, try to flash those pearly whites. Whether the weather is bad, you’ve got too much work on, had an argument with your partner, or you’re just not feeling all too chipper, grin and bear it. Smiling alone can help improve your day. Here’s how:
Positivity attracts positive energy. When you smile you’re more approachable and the people who are likely to approach you are happy and open. They could bring a welcome ray of sunshine to your day. This works the other way around too. When you’re smiling, the whole world may well smile with you. What can we say? Joy is contagious. Greet everyone, you meet with a friendly smile and spread a little happiness.
Fake It Until You Make It
Smiling can improve your mood in and of itself. Your facial muscles communicate the joy we experience in our minds to others and also to ourselves. A lot of the time you will instinctively smile at something without even realising it. A fake smile can trick this mind-body connection. When you smile, whether it’s genuine or not, the muscles used will tell your mind that you are happy. Your body then produces feel-good endorphins.
Consider the glass half full
Retrain your brain. Our brains are hardwired to expect the worst and think in negative terms. Pessimism is a defence strategy that is essential for survival. But, chances are if you’re reading this then you’re probably not living hand-to-mouth in a cave or fending off wild beasts. So disregard evolutionary habits and turn that frown upside down. By smiling in hard situations, we create new, positive habits. We can learn to make the best of situations that we can’t change, rather than wallowing in self-pity.
Reduce anxiety levels
Smiling tells your body to reduce its breathing rate and heart rate. This decreases the physical symptoms of stress. This is important as lower stress levels mean lower blood pressure. When you are angry, you tend to tense up. Releasing this tension with a smile can mean fewer headaches and migraines. A relaxed, anxiety-free body will also digest more beneficial nutrients from food. This reduces chances of indigestion, diarrhoea, pain, vomiting, heartburn and constipation.
Flaunt those pearly whites
Hopefully, you brush your teeth twice a day, floss and use mouthwash. You probably take regular trips to the dentist. Some people go as far as to have their teeth whitened, realigned or opt for a full set of veneers. So why not show them off? You’ve looked after them well. Now’s the time to flaunt them to the world.
So there you have it. Our top five reasons to smile as much as possible. But remember, this list isn’t exclusive. There are thousands of reasons to be happy, so embrace them and show the world your appreciation. If you’re feeling a little glum cus you’re not feeling too well, have a little look at our article on beating common illnesses.