Benefits of Smiling

May 19, 2015

I'm smiling here because I've got another martini and a plate of lobster pasta coming my way.

I read something the other day that really stuck with me: smiling, even when you absolutely do not feel like it, will improve your mood. Apparently the mere act of turning up the corners of your mouth is enough to trick your body into believing you're feeling good. Armed with this information, I decided to do a little research to find out other ways smiling affects our lives. Here's  what I discovered:

It makes you more attractive.
Smiling makes you look less tired and worn down. This is good to remember when you've been up all night with a feverish munchkin.

You look younger.
Smiling is an instant facelift. That's because the muscles needed to smile actually lift our facial features, making us look more youthful.

Smiling has numerous health benefits.
It lowers blood pressure and boosts immune function (because you're less stressed when your smiling), plus releases endorphins, serotonin, and natural pain killers.

You're more approachable.
This one is pretty obvious, since people would rather chat with a smiling, friendly-looking person than a a scowling grump.  

Smiling is contagious.
You can actually spread joy by smiling. This will make the world a better place, which will make you feel really good. You'll smile more, and the whole cycle begins again.


  1. Oh!? That's why I look so young! Now I get it! A SMILE A DAY KEEPS THE WRINKLES AWAY! Lol


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