When we frown and worry over the things happening in the world around us, psychologist Betty Phillips warns, “we bring all that misery into our lives, our bodies, our homes and our families.”
So, what’s the solution? A smile!
Your Smile Reduces Stress and Blood Pressure, Kills Pain and Boosts Your Immune System
Your smile triggers the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, and these hormones affect our bodies in positive ways.
Serotonin is a natural antidepressant and, thus, stress reliever. So, when you smile, your body is naturally fighting your down mood. Of course, a genuine smile is best, but studies have shown that even faking a smile at least gets the process going and eventually genuine smiles follow.
The endorphins produced by smiling act as a natural pain reliever.
When released through the body, these hormones not only relax your whole body, but they also lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
With your body feeling less stressed and no longer diverting a lot of its energy to deal with the stress, your body can now devote more of its resources to your immune system.
It is well known that people who are burdened with long-term high-stress situations suffer from more ailments and increased incidence of heart-related diseases, particularly high blood pressure. So, “the practice of frequent smiling offers protection from disease and serious illness, and may prevent colds and flu.” (2)
Your Smile Attracts Better Friendships, Better Jobs
Everyone knows the phrase “smile and the world smiles with you,” and it’s true. Smiling is contagious. People are more attracted to and more likely to interact with you if you’re smiling rather than frowning. People will want to get to know you. Frowns, scowls, and grimaces push people away.
Not only is the positive personal attention good for you, but it’s good for them. The next time you go through the checkout line and see a stressed-out cashier whose spirit has been brought down by grumpy customers, try smiling and saying something kind, and see how much just that simple act will pick up her spirits.
Think about it.