The Amazing Benefits of Smiling
When you’ve got problems coming at you from all directions, the last thing on your mind is smiling. It’s easier to frown. Frowning fits in with how you’re feeling inside. After all, what do you have to smile about when everything is going wrong?
But wait a minute…
Are you aware that you use more facial muscles to frown, than you do to smile?
“These muscle tension symptoms can be caused by emotional turmoil. Fear, anger and frustration register in the body’s muscles, and the ones in the tension triangle are quite sensitive to these emotions. Researchers have found, for example, that in the first two or three seconds of emotional upset, the muscles around the eyes, mouth and jaw almost always tighten.” Source: The New York Times Magazine
When I was married we were short of money sometimes and had massive arguments, etc. Because of all the stress I carried, I was the typical ‘Queen of Frowning’.
It was normal for strangers to stop me in the streets to tell me, “Cheer up love. It may never happen.” What did they know about my life, or about what I was going through? Nothing. But my face told the story of how I felt inside. It told of my misery, but I wasn’t aware that my facial expression looked like thunder. I was lost in my self-pity. I didn’t know that most of the time I appeared intimidating.
However, one day my daughter told me I scare her friends. My ex husband often told me to fix my face during my sulking sessions.
Frowning makes you look unapproachable and angry. People are not attracted to you with that look. It pushes them away instead.
When you frown, you’re inviting stress to come and stay with you. Stress affects your life and health negatively. I know it’s not easy to smile when you feel like screaming. But try anyway.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of smiling:
- Smiling draws people to you. It lightens your mood and make you feel happy. Next time you’re in a bad mood, smile. Count how long you can stay moody with a smile on your face. Smiling lightens up your face, releases endorphins (the happy feeling) and turns your misery into cheerfulness.
- Smiling is an attractive look. People will love to hang out with you if you’re a smiler. It warms the heart of the person you’re smiling with. And it’s contagious. Try it. Walk down the road and smile at 5 people. I’m sure they’ll smile along with you.
- Smiling is better than a facelift. When you smile, it lifts your face and you seem to look younger. Forget the surgeon’s knife, smile often for a youthful appearance. It’s one of nature’s free face-lift for knocking years off your appearance. I know a 95-year-old lady who smiles a lot. It doesn’t matter what she’s going through, she always has a smile on her face. She has beautiful, radiant skin and no wrinkles. Apart from her frail body, she looks fantastic for her age. That’s the power of smiling.
Did you know if you smile and laugh often, you’ll have a healthier heart? It relaxes your body and slows your heart beat. Plus, it helps to cut blood pressure in the short-term.
- Smiling will kick out stress, worry and depression. When those negative emotions start to take control, simply smile them away. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to stay feeling low while smiling. That’s because it sends a message to your brain that all is well. Therefore, a little smile helps you see things in a positive light.
“The next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress,” says co-author Sarah Pressman, “you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment. Not only will it help you ‘grin and bear it’ psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well!” Source: Huffington Post
Smiling is like a ray of sunshine. It will lift your mood, brighten up your life, make you feel good and send out positive signals. Make someone happy today. Share a smile with them. Will you do that?
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Are you a smiler? Share your tips for a smiling lifestyle in the comment. 🙂