Top 10 Reasons to Smile as You Age
1. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps your immune system work well. When you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed and allow your body to exist in a more positive, stress-free environment. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling more!
2. Smiling Makes Us Attractive– Makes Us Look Better
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor that happens. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them. Smile at more people more often.
3. Smiling Changes Our Mood & Attitude
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. Try smiling more, over a period a few minutes or few hours, there’s a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
4. Smiling is Contagious
When someone is smiling, they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness along with them. Smile lots and you will draw more people to you.
5. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking stressed, tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take positive actions.
6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your Blood Pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference? Smiling is good for the blood!
7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a free, “natural drug”.
8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go out and get a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better. If you look at people who have wrinkles or facial lines, you’ll notice that most of the lines on their face follow their most natural facial expressions. If you were to choose between frown lines or smile lines as your lines and wrinkles for the future, which would you rather?
9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful in Life
Smiling people appear more confident, happier, more settled in their lives, and more likely to be approached in social settings. Put on a smile at gatherings and people will react to you differently.
10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling more!
The more you smile, the more positive you feel and see things. There was another research study where participants were either encouraged or prevented to smile. Those that were able to smile rated cartoons as being funnier than the group who were prevented to smile, implying that your overall outlook is more positive and happy.
Smile as much as you can. If you concentrate on smiling, you actually can feel better. Believe it or not, there is research behind this. There is a theory called ‘facial feedback’ hypothesis. It states that “involuntary facial movements provide sufficient peripheral information to drive emotional experience” implying that you may actually improve your mood (and life!) by smiling.