If You Don’t Smile Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later 3

Smiling ElephantEveryone knows smiling is important, but why exactly is it?  In what way does smiling help you?  Today, I will explain nine ways in which smiling helps you thrive both physically and emotionally.

Physically

1.  Smiling Makes You More Attractive

Just as frowning can make a naturally beautiful (or handsome) person ugly, smiling can make anyone more attractive.  Smiling keeps us from looking worn-down, stressed or tired.  By simply smiling more often, you can improve your facial appearance… for free!

2.  Smiling Releases Stress

Because smiling helps you to feel more happy, it can help you release stress.  If you don’t believe me, try it the next time you are feeling stressed.  See how long you can continue feeling stressed and worried while smiling and looking happy.

3.  Smiling (Might) Help Your Immune System

Because smiling causes you to be more relaxed, you are probably boosting your immune system every time you smile.  Although it is not a confirmed fact, it is likely because smiling reduces the amount of immune-weakening stress active in your body.

5. Smiling Keeps You Looking Young

Smiling will keep you from getting wrinkles as quickly as someone who spent their time looking worried… or who simply didn’t smile much.  In addition, even if you do get wrinkles, they will be “smile wrinkles” and will look pleasant, rather than worried or upset.

Emotionally

4.  Smiling Makes You Happy

Try feeling sad and smiling at the same time.  It simply doesn’t work.  Smiling can change your mood and make you happy.

5.  Smiling Effects Others

No only does smiling make you happy, but it can also make those around you become more light-hearted.  Smiling is highly contagious.  In fact, although I do not have statistics to prove this, I would venture to guess that smiling is probably more contagious than the common cold!

So there you have it, smiling really does help you: it makes you happy, makes you look nice, and keeps you healthy!  Now that you know the importance of this pleasant yet easily forgotten task, start actively working to smile more often.

What benefits have you gained from smiling?

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3 thoughts on “If You Don’t Smile Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

  1. Reply Nathaniel/ FamilyReadingReviews.com Aug 27,2009 11:42 AM

    Great post Nate! Another thing to note is that it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown. 🙂

  2. Reply Nate Desmond Aug 27,2009 1:22 PM

    @ Nathaniel
    Good point! I have heard that also.

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