Have you heard the saying smiling is contagious? Did you know that scientists and psychologists have proved this to be true? Scientists have proven that smiling positively affects your brain, your body, and the people around you. When we smile, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin which increase happiness and decrease stress. It can also help lower your blood pressure and heart rate which can lead to a longer life.
What other effects does smiling have on you and those around you? Keep reading as we learn more about the many positive side effects of smiling.
Effects On Your Brain
What happens to our brain when we smile? Our brain activates neuropeptides, small messenger molecules, to lower stress and three neurotransmitters – dopamine, endorphins and serotonin to relax your body.
When endorphins and serotonin are released, they act as a natural pain reliever and anti-depressant. Unlike pharmaceuticals, smiling doesn’t require a prescription or have any negative side effects.
Even forcing a smile will cause the same chemical reaction in your brain, so consider smiling when you’re having a bad day!
Effects On Your Body
Along with health benefits, smiling also makes you appear more attractive to others. As humans, we levitate towards people who smile because they appear happy, confident, and youthful.
A number of scientific studies have proven this to be true. When we see someone who is attractive, our brain’s orbitofrontal cortex is activated. This part of our brain helps with decision-making and rewards which means we feel rewarded when we see someone smiling.
Other studies found that men and women were more attracted to people who maintained eye contact and smiled than those who didn’t. Smiling makes such a difference in how we look and how others view us.
Effects On The People Around You
What’s the bottom line? Smiling truly is contagious. The way you present yourself has a direct effect on who you come into contact with. This means if you smile, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a smile back.
Choose to smile everyday to improve your life and the lives of those around you. You never know how the simple act of smiling can change someone’s day or even life. A long, happy life is in store for those who smile daily.
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