It’s no secret that a simple smile from someone you love can make you feel better.
But, did you know that putting a smile on your face, even if you have to fake it can decrease your stress, fight depression, ease your pain, lower your blood pressure and even help you live longer?
Your smile may just be the most powerful tool you have to make you healthier and happier.
You see, smiling actually has a direct impact on the chemicals your body releases.
From those all-important neuropeptides that can change the function of your brain to the positive impact smiling has on your cells themselves, flashing your grin can add years to your life.
1 Lowers stress
Your smile activates the release of chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Dopamine, serotonin and endorphins are all triggered the second you smile. These lower your stress levels and help you cope even in tense situations.
In fact, studies show that it doesn’t matter whether or not your smile is real or forced. As long as you smile, your stress level goes down. The next time you feel stressed, don’t reach for that anti-anxiety medication… try smiling instead.
2 Makes you happier
That serotonin boost you get when you smile doesn’t just help you cope with stress either. It also fights depression, making you feel happier.
And, it does it far more safely than taking those prescription anti-depressants that artificially boost the “feel-good” neurotransmitter. So, smile more and say goodbye to the blues.