The benefits of a simple smile

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 04 April 2018 Written by Sarah PJ White

Smiling and being happy has a huge range of benefits for both you and those around you – whether you’re whistling whilst you work or attempting to turn a frown upside down!

But happiness, and more precisely, smiling, isn’t just something we do to illustrate our joyful mood – it has a range of health and wellbeing benefits too, PLUS it can help you build rapport with those around you. So what are those additional benefits?

Lower stress and anxiety levels

Smiling actually lowers your heart rate which, in turn, will lower those stress and anxiety levels.

Release those endorphins

Endorphins aren’t just released when you exercise or have been running – they’re also released when you smile! Endorphins help diminish stress hormones in your body, they make you feel happier AND they lessen any pain you may have!

Help your immune system

Smiling actually helps strengthen your immune system too. It increases the white blood cells in your body, enabling your body to react faster when invaders attack your immune system.

A smile is both contagious and attractive

Smile and the whole world will smile with you – well, ok, at least 50% will! But smiling will cause those around you to at least crack a grin with you and it is SO much more attractive to the opposite sex.

Approachable and trustworthy

As mentioned in the above point, we find those who smile attractive. That in itself is great – but we’re also more likely to approach a smiling person, as we trust them more – making it great for those who need reassurance, those who want to build their credibility and those who want to get to know you better!

Great for leadership and productivity

A person in authority who smiles, is more likely to be liked, trusted and admired by his team – and your team are more likely to want to approach you with any problems and issues they may have. But having a team that smiles is important in the workplace too, as it helps to increase their attention span and their focus – leading to an increase in productivity.

Finally, putting a smile on your face, whether it’s a forced or genuine one, helps you feel more positive, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. And if you want to break the ice or ease embarrassment – guess what? A smile will help you there too. So get smiling!

 

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