In the United Kingdom, we’re known for our stiff upper lip – one trip on the Victoria line is enough evidence of this. We all seem to be wearing invisible blinders and our faces seem to demonstrate that gravity exists, so why so serious? We are so invisibly connected, we’re visibly disconnected, and it’s making us unhappy. When we smile, neurotransmitters, which use chemicals to transmit information to our bodies and brains, release hormones called endorphins. These endorphins are like a feel-good party in our brains, and these endorphins make us feel happy.
But, it doesn’t just stop there, here are some extraordinary things that happen to you when you smile….
REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY
These endorphins not only make us feel happier but they can also reduce stress and anxiety by reducing the hormone cortisol.
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BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY
Smiling has a way of changing your brain, or ‘training’ your brain. Being happier through smiling helps you be positive as well as change patterns in the brain. You know those people who are always so happy and positive, even when it’s all going wrong… Yeah, those are the people who ‘smile more’. Negativity creates problems without solutions, meaning, those who smile more, are happier, therefore think more positively, and positive thinking leads to higher productivity and creativity.
STRENGTHENS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
In recent studies, there is supporting evidence that shows that smiling and laughter, can help promote white blood cells in the body. White blood cells help protect the body from illnesses.
MAKES YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE
This one is pretty simple; many people suffer from a miserable resting face. It happens to the best of us. We could be ‘quite’ happy, but our faces aren’t saying so. This makes us look grumpy, unapproachable, and a bit mean (even though were probably alright.) A smile suggests you’re more personable, welcoming, easy going as well as empathetic. All attractive qualities…
Smiling can be the key to success (with skills) there has been a lot of research in terms of relationships at work. Such as leadership and management, to body language and tone of voice. Smiling has been proven as an effective leadership technique. I mean, when have you ever wanted to do something for someone when they’re giving you a death stare?
APPROACHABLE AND ENGAGING
If you look miserable, people are less likely to want to approach you or engage with you. A smile is an open as well as inviting facial expression, which shows you are interactive, maybe even willing to talk… face to face. GASPS*
Smiling has been psychologically proven to help build trust. A genuine smile has been proven to increase your credibility. So if you are a really great person, smiling helps you show that you are. Cute.