In honor of World Smile Day, here are 6 facts about the power of a smile…
Smiling Is Contagious!
It’s not just a saying. Having an “infectious smile” is a real thing. Smiling releases the “feel good chemicals” in your brain. When you’re communicating with someone, they’ll pick up on these chemicals. So if you smile, they will smile back.
Smiling Makes You Happier
It’s easy to keep a forlorn look on your face when you’re not in the best mood. But if you can force yourself to smile even when you don’t feel like it, you’ll actually shift your mood to a more positive one. As Serena Williams said, “I’ve had to learn to keep fighting all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.”
A Smile Was Your First Facial Expression
Before you learned the gamut of other facial expressions and moods, you were smiling. It turns out that babies practice their smiles in the womb.
Smiling Makes Women Look More Attractive
Studies show that 70% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they wear makeup. We all love Sephora, but there’s nothing better than looking great for free! In an interesting twist, the American Psychological Association found that women prefer men who appear to be “brooding” at first glance. That seems telling.
Smiling Will Advance Your Career
Trying to get a promotion at work? Hoping to get hired at a new job? Employers perceive people who smile often as confident, positive, and upbeat. So if you’re trying to move up at work but sitting at your desk with daggers in your eyes, you’re probably not helping your cause.
And Finally, Smiling Is A Universal Language
If you haven’t bought Google’s pixel buds to help you speak in 40 different languages, there’s another solution. Smile. The facial expression is a universal sign for happiness.
Data Source: Wrigley.com, thenorthernecho.uk.com, drjohnsondds.com, psycnet.apa.org, lifehack.org