Everyone loves the quote “laughter is the best medicine,” and you have probably even experienced the benefits of smiling and laughter. But did you know that the simple act of smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system? Let’s examine some interesting facts about smiling.
Life facts about smiling
– Smiling costs nothing, but creates much.
– It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give.
– It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
– Riches can’t do without it and even the poor appear richer for its benefits.
– It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the indorsement of friendships.
– It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble.
– It cannot be bought, bagged, borrowed, or stolen, it just dishes proportionally according to demand.
– Its bank doesn’t run dry; and it keeps giving without complaining.
– Nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give, that’s the philosophy that overcomes!
Here are some fascinating scientific facts about our smiles, and why becoming a smile millionaire will change your life.
1. Simulating a genuine smile can boost your mood
Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by simulating (not fake, but choose to engage in) a genuine smile.
2. It boosts your immune system
Smiling really can improve your physical health, too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.
3. Smiles are contagious
It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.
4. Smiles Relieve Stress
Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.
5. It’s a universal sign of happiness
While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
6. Smiles use from 5 to 53 facial muscles
Just smiling can require your body to use up to 53 muscles, but some smiles only use 5 muscle movements.
7. Babies are born with the ability to smile
Babies learn a lot of behaviors and sounds from watching the people around them, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability, since even blind babies smile.
8. Smiling helps you get promoted
Smiles make a person seem more attractive, sociable and confident, and people who smile more are more likely to get a promotion.
9. Smiles are the most easily recognizable facial expression
People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression.
10. Smiles are more attractive than makeup
A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.
11. There are 19 different types of smiles
UC-San Francisco researcher identified 19 types of smiles and put them into two categories: polite “social” smiles which engage fewer muscles, and sincere “felt” smiles that use more muscles on both sides of the face.
12. Babies start smiling as newborns
Most doctors believe that real smiles occur when babies are awake at the age of four-to-six weeks, but babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they’re born.
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