Why smile?

Have you ever been having a rough day? Your car wouldn’t start, or you spilled ketchup on your favorite shirt? You are left walking through the day with your head hanging low, and it feels like nothing will go your way. But then you lift your head up for a moment and lock eyes with a person walking past you, they smile and you find yourself smiling back. All of a sudden, your mood is instantly lifted.

The simple act of smiling actually sends messages to your brain that you are happy and chemicals in your brain are released. Before you know it, the day doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

The endorphins released in your brain make you happy and also reduce symptoms associated with anxiety. When your body releases those feel good chemicals, it usually slows your breathing and heart rate. Releasing these endorphins relaxes you and lessens the effects of everyday stresses that can cause high blood pressure and a weak immune system.

As if making you happy and relaxed weren’t enough reasons to smile, did you know that smiling actually makes you more attractive? Wearing a smile makes people seem more confident and easier to approach. Smiling is the same in all languages, and universally known that the person wearing that smile is probably a happy one.

So the next time you are having a bad day, wear a smile and feel the change come from within…and try to share it with someone who seems like they could use a little pick me up. 🙂