Today is World Smile Day, and there is no better date than the present to remind all of our readers why this gesture is so important: to date, innumerable researches have shown its benefits for health and general well-being.
We have gathered five reasons, according to science, for which you will see that it is good to smile not only today but every day:
1. It makes you more attractive
If you consider yourself an unattractive person or wonder how to expand your conquest skills, you may be forgetting the first step: smile. A study of researchers from the University of Bern (2013) determined that emotional expressions influence the level of attractiveness towards other people.
Not only do they make you more attractive, but more accessible: a work by Penn State University in the USA (2004) found that the genuine smiles shared by employees in the service industry positively influenced their impressions of clients.
And finally, it makes you more reliable. A study by the University of Pittsburgh in the USA (2012), found in a group of models that those who smiled the most were considered more attractive and more reliable.
2. Improve your mood
Although emotions are brain responses to certain circumstances, the fact of materializing our feelings in gestures of joy as a smile can greatly influence how we are going to feel. A study by the University of Cardiff in Wales (2009) revealed that through the improvement of positive emotions with facial expressions, a person’s mood is aligned more strongly with the emotion that his face is communicating.
Even faking a smile can “trick your brain” and put you in a better position than you would be with a frown. The analysis also reviewed people whose Botox implants prevented them from having severe gestures and concluded, oh surprise, that they had higher levels of happiness than those who could have bitter gestures.
3. Lower your stress levels
Even if you think it’s banal and useless advice, putting on a cheerful face can help with your problems. A study from the University of Kansas (2012) indicated that in some circumstances smiling can help reduce stress and make us feel better.
The work, based on an experiment with volunteers subjected to stressful tasks, suggests that smiling can help reduce cortisol levels, and changes our traditional belief that a positive emotion can sometimes be a consequence of smiling, and not the other way around.
4. It is contagious
Do you complain that your work or home environment is not very motivating? You could encourage yourself to change things by “infecting” the rest with a smile. Not only smiles, but all facial expressions are contagious, according to an international research published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences of 2016.
We tend to imitate the smiles or frowns of others because it helps us better understand what the other is feeling, allowing us to respond appropriately. The study concluded that by imitating the facial expression of others, we trigger an emotional state in us that prepares us to respond in a socially appropriate manner. Is not that enough reason to start throwing up those spirits?
5. Increase your productivity and make you more creative
A dose of happiness brought about by a smile can trigger additional and very beneficial positive consequences, such as becoming a more productive worker. A team of researchers from the Business University of Warwick, United Kingdom (2010), discovered that happiness has a significant and causal effect on performance. And the same thing produces the opposite: being subjected to negative emotions is exhausting. And not only that, good humor can make creativity flow.
According to a 2013 study from the University of California, San Francisco explored this connection in men and found that those who were happier had a more holistic approach to their problems, improving their ability to think of more solutions than their counterparts. negative mind It was not by magic: the release of dopamine is triggered by happiness since the neurotransmitter has to do with learning, processing and decision making.
Did not you know all the power you had to generate happiness? Now you know it and you have no excuse not to take advantage of it.