What can a smile do for you? What is the value of a smile? It is actually amazing what a smile can do for your well being and your happiness. A smile you give or a smile your receive can change your outlook and your emotions. So much of our communications come from our smile, from our facial expressions. We even communicate with little babies using our facial expressions and smile. We can share smiles and we can give smiles away, with smiles we can make someone’s day. We can improve our own world, our attitude, relationships, health, outlook, and even our accomplishments by smiling, to ourselves, to others around us. Using our smile we can change or improve our total image!
Across most cultures people understand the value of a smile and other facial expressions that point toward the emotion we call happiness or joy. And we know that smiling itself can help increase positive, pro-social behaviors. We can express friendliness, pleasure, an invitation to have fun and make friends using a smile. We can express amusement, pride, love, encouragement and so many positive emotions. Smiles can communicate a wide range of positive emotions, depending upon their specific makeup. Not only can they express those things to others, using a smile can express those things to ourselves.
Just try it. As you are sitting there reading this….. smile, and feel it pass through you. I feel the pleasure travel from my smile, to my eyes, to my neck, my shoulders and it sweeps on down into the middle of me, making me feel a definite sense of pleasure, a real feeling. Smiling can release Endorphins, natural pain killers and Serotonin, all made by our own bodies and together they make us feel better. Try smiling while you meditate, it is wonderfully uplifting! Smiling can even offer stress relief. We all know a good laugh is very relaxing. Some people even breath deeper when they are smiling which adds to our feeling of well being and happiness. A real smile will spread to our eyes and can express even more positive feelings and show love and concern. Smile are contagious too, spread some around and your environment will improve! A smile is an outward sign of perceived self-confidence and internal satisfaction and happiness. It has a favorable influence upon others and on yourself as well.
Smiling also increases attractiveness and likability between humans. It conveys respect, patience, empathy, hospitality and compassion. It has been proven that an authentic smile is much more effective than a counterfeit or fake smile.
Make sure your smile is real and authentic. For many too much smiling can be viewed as a sign of shallowness or dishonesty. People may smile when they are embarrassed, anxious or nervous too, so be thoughtful and understand the possible reasons for their smile and send one of your own to comfort, reassure and show compassion. It is beneficial for you and them.
“Smile, it’s free therapy.”
– Doug Horton
Smiling to yourself can actually improve your mood! The action of a smile can be simple and that just may improve your spirits. Smiling is most certainly not a cure-all, but in the struggle with the our everyday stress, every thing that helps in even a small measure is worth a try! Smiling is an uplifting behavior.
Even making a point of smiling when you don’t feel like it can change your mood. Researchers have even concluded that by forcing a smile, you activate a specific set of muscles in the face. That set of muscles is closely connected to the emotions of happiness and joy. By smiling, you are signaling the emotional centers of your brain to tell them that everything is good. And your emotions can release chemicals in your brain that are uplifting and positive. Practice smiling everyday. Put a big, warm smile on your face. Not a fake, artificial smile, but a real smile, like you are seeing an old friend or remembering a special event in your life. Now, think of something unhappy but keep smiling. It is difficult to hold an unhappy or negative thought in your mind while keeping a smile on your face! Smiling can help increase happiness and decrease negativity. Smiling can improve your outlook on life and therefore it can improve your life and increase your happiness.
Studies have shown that smiling will even help your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness. Even just a small, almost unnoticeable smile can alter your mood. Again, studies have also shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin, making us feel good and feel less pain. Smiling is a natural drug. Smiling is known to reduce your blood pressure, another benefit and proof that it is good for us.
It is amazing, people who smile while talking make a much better impression – they appear more confident and friendly. Have you ever noticed that you can even “hear” a smile over the phone. So if you smile while taking a call, the tone of your voice will lighten and you’ll be able to make a better connection through the phone.
“Smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone.”
– Source Unknown
Studies support that when you smile at someone, their muscles maneuver into a smile as well, even if they don’t intend it. Thus the saying that smiling is contagious. Therefore, when you smile at someone else, they smile and you are causing physiological changes within their bodies. How powerful is that?
So, do someone a favor and smile at them, hopefully they will smile back at your and do you the same favor you just did them! Frequent smiling has many therapeutic and health benefits, particularly when the smile is an authentic smile. Smiling boosts the immune system, increases positive affect, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and on top of it all, smiling enhances other people’s perception of you. This also provides you with positive feedback and improves your self-esteem!
If you can learn to smile to yourself during meditation, an inward smile, you can bask in a warm, harmonizing energy that will fill your whole being and permeate your entire energy-system. Then you can experience a pleasant sensation of well-being –not only of being healthy, but that all is well with the world. That is the transforming power of smile learning to smile to yourself!
“If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook.” – Les Giblin
“Smile – it increases your face value”
– author unknown
So, start today, use your smile to help you take care of yourself, you’re worth it!