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The Amazing Benefits of Smiling

The Amazing Benefits of Smiling

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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.

 

Smiling

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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.
  • Smile quotes and graphic

    Source: http://kimberlynichelle.wordpress.com/

    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?

Photo by cherylholt on Pixabay.com

Are you a smiler? Share your tips for a smiling lifestyle in the comment. 🙂

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    8 Comments

  1. Hi June – as always, I appreciate your post! It is so true! We forget to smile! I look at pictures of myself during tough times and I don’t even recognize my face! I am so sullen, down, and removed from life.

    As I am in a tough time right now, it is interesting that I was on a webex call with some teammates and after the meeting, one of them asked me what was wrong! I didn’t even know I was giving myself away with my facial expression. He said he knew something was going on just by looking at my expression, body language and face. I don’t know how to remedy this, but trying to smile might do the trick.

    Our bodies always give us away. 90 percent of communication is through body language. Maybe if we change our expressions and body language, our minds will follow!

    Thanks, June!

    Name *Jen Breen

    13/11/2014

    • Hi Jen,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. When I look at some of my old pictures, I look terrible. My face was so long it looked like it could touch the ground! Lol. I even looked older then than I do now. Facial expressions are a giveaway of what’s going on inside of us. My face is my story. It always reveals what I feel inside. Stress is bad for us. And it plays havoc with our health as well.

      Smiling does work. I’ve been going through a bad patch lately and I’ve forced myself to smile. It really worked. I felt better and my mood was lighter. It took away the heavy feeling. 🙂

      So my dear, smile the blues away. “Don’t worry. Be happy!” 🙂

      June June

      13/11/2014

  2. I grew up both not knowing or believing lwas prettier with a smile! I was even hurt when told l was! Most of my childhood pictures have me sort of ‘catatonic’ to smiles-just blank! It didn’t end with pictures, several of my life’s events got me just try to ‘live-survive’! Now l have realised the powerof a smile and that indeed am prettier with one! I have actually survived and thrived several odds, l can only agree and validate June’s great post!
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    Marie Abanga Marie Abanga

    13/11/2014

    • Hi Marie,

      It’s great to see you here. Thanks for stopping by.

      You’ve got one of the warmest, most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen. And your face lights up when you smile. I know your story and I know you’ve been through a lot. But you’ve learned to smile despite what you’re feeling inside. I admire you for that Marie. And you prove that smiling is contagious because when I see you and you smile, it makes me smile too. And also, I hear your smile when I speak to you. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Marie. It made me smile reading it. 🙂

      June June

      13/11/2014

  3. June
    I have to admit that I don’t show my emotions too much. When I’m feeling happy or nostalgic, my husband thinks I’m mad. It’s a conscious effort for me to smile when I’m obviously content or happy.
    My twins, though, make me laugh a lot and I find that laughing helps me smile more and be a better mood overall.
    Thanks for reminding us to smile more!
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    Elna

    17/11/2014

    • Elna, I understand how you feel. For many years I frowned more than I smiled. So, smiling didn’t come naturally to me. But I feel so much better when I smile. Sometimes when I feel my face tightening, I smile to relax it and get rid of tension. 🙂

      Children are the best when it comes to making us laugh. That’s why I love being around them, especially when I need cheering up. Enjoy your twins as they grow up so quickly.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Enjoy your evening.

      June June

      17/11/2014

  4. I remember in the past I frowned a lot without even knowing it. Like you, people would have to point it out to me other wise I was completely clueless. It was like I was wearing my thoughts on my face. If I wasn’t thinking about something good everyone could see it.

    I had no idea smiling and laughter could have such health benefits. This makes me really happy that I now joke and smile way more than I did before. 🙂

    ~Lea
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    Lea Bullen

    21/11/2014

    • Hi Lea,

      Thanks for stopping by and sorry for taking so long to respond. I’ve been really busy.

      It’s funny how we get so lost in our own little frowning world that we don’t even realise how we look to other people. Our faces are like mirrors that reflects what we feel inside.

      But now that we’re wiser about the benefits of smiling and laughing, we should walk around looking like happy bunnies. 🙂

      Have a great week Lea.

      June June

      24/11/2014

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