” Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love ” -Mother Teresa
Smiling has benefits that go beyond the simple act of adding brightness to your face. There are real health benefits that have been associated with producing a smile even when you don’t feel very happy. People who smile a lot are quite often people who are happier and better adjusted to life’s challenges. Plus, smiling is something that anyone can do and benefit from on a daily basis. Your smile is one of the simplest, yet most beneficial gifts you can give to your friends, family and even yourself.
Smiling Does Not Cost Anything
A smile is a free gift that you give to the world and yourself in the process. This means that without having to spend any money, you can give your smile to others who will see and appreciate your good mood. For many, the happy memories of our childhood come from the times when everyone was smiling. These memories help bolster our moods when we smile and vice versa as smiling brings back the happy feelings that we once experienced. So, whenever you want to give a gift that works for everyone, smile.
Retrains the Brain
Most people tend to focus on negative impulses as part of their overall defense mechanism. However, those who smile regularly have a more positive mindset which actually influences their thinking. By making smiling a part of your everyday routine, you can actually retrain your brain to think in a more positive manner. People who have a positive outlook are not only happier, but more confident
” Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”-Thich Nhat Hanh
The act of smiling has been shown to relieve the effects of stress even when the person is not smiling voluntarily. A 2012 study at the University of Kansas demonstrated that people with chopsticks in their mouths that created an artificial smile without them realizing what happened actually showed a reduction in the heart rate and faster recovery from stressful situations. This means that the physical act of smiling actually brings great benefits in terms of reducing the amount of stress that your body feels.
A Smile Brings Happiness
Interestingly enough, a fake smile can actually bring a little happiness into your life and boost your mood even if you don’t feel like smiling. While the reasons are not yet fully understood, forcing a smile when you are feeling down can actually bring about a brighter mood and a better feeling about your surroundings even if the smile feels contrived and not earnest. So, when you are feeling down trying smiling for a while to get a little boost.
“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley
Smile a gift to you and your friends and family. It is the type of gift that you can give at any time and will benefit you as well.