When we are feeling a bit down and overwhelmed with life, we often overlook almost everything in and around us. Smiling is one such overlooked superpower. It can be hard to even think of something that could be so simple and yet have such an incredible impact. But it’s true: smiling can have a significant transformation in our lives.
The Impact of Smile
One of the things that can easily go overlooked is that smiling can loosen us up, making us more likely to be social and friendly. A study showed that people are more likely to interact with others when they wear a sincere smile than when they are expressionless. Even if we don’t want to talk to someone, a smile can make them more comfortable, and create stronger relationships with others.
A smile can also reduce our stress, to a point. It has been found to release natural painkillers in the form of endorphins into the body, which helps to naturally reduce our stress and make us feel a little bit better mentally. Smiling can be a great way to just shift your mental energy and enjoy the moment.
Smiling is also associated with feelings of warmth. A study showed that people who could easily detect another person’s smiles felt a greater sense of warmth from that individual. This warmth was found to be especially strong among smiling strangers, suggesting that even a small gesture of smiling at someone you don’t know can create a feeling of connection that can potentially help us move past any awkwardness in an instant.
Smile Your Way to Health and Happiness
And if all the psychological benefits of smiling weren’t enough, it’s even been found to be good for our physical health. Research shows that smiling can even have a positive effect on the immune system and cardiovascular health. Smiling can even make us more attractive to other people. No wonder they say that laughter is the best medicine!
For example, if you’re feeling overwhelmed in a conversation, you can use a smile to create an atmosphere of openness and understanding, which ultimately can help make it easier to have meaningful discussions. A study has found that when a person can understand and appreciate the feelings of another, they are more likely to be better listeners.
Smiling takes minimal energy and yet can have a huge pay-off. It doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge. All we have to do is make a conscious choice to smile and we’re already making a difference. Besides, what’s the worst that can happen?
So if you find yourself feeling a bit low, take a moment to smile. You never know what it may achieve. It could be something as simple as making someone else’s day brighter, to sparking an entirely new chain of events that can shift the energy of an entire situation. Smiling is an underestimated superpower-- so why not give it a try and see just how much it can change?
What a great reminder to smile today.
For sure, it is a disarming soldier without a weapon. I relate with most of your points here personally. Fine tips here men.