Most people know that a good smile comes with a whole assortment of benefits. Our society rewards people who aren't afraid to beam wide grins to those around them, and for good reason: humans love it. Smiling is a universal human expression of emotion that transcends language and culture. No matter where you go in the world, people will understand and appreciate your smile.
You already know a smile goes a long way. It just goes further than you might think. To be specific…
1. Lowering Pain and a Natural High
The moment you smile, you're already providing your body with far reaching health benefits. Smiling releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that make you feel happy. In addition to improving your mood, endorphins are scientifically proven to reduce pain that means the next time you stub your toe, you can literally laugh it off. Smiling also reduces cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone, which results in a decrease of negative emotions such as anxiety.
2. Living Longer While Looking Better
Other apparent physical effects include a significant increase in longevity; there is evidence that people who smile more live longer—about seven years according to one study. This is likely due to the fact that smiling lowers your heart rate and blood pressure and relaxes the body. It's debatable whether an apple a day will keep the doctor away, but a smile is proven to boost your immune system. You'll also look younger since regular smiling is like a natural face lift. How much younger is a matter of opinion, but scientists agree on an average of three years.
3. Improved Social Life
The physical benefits of a smile are significant, but the social boons are similarly compelling. It's far easier for people to trust someone with a good smile because a smile projects warmth and friendliness and approachability. It's a natural conversation starter! A smile will give you confidence because it will draw people toward you and make them more willing to engage with you. You'll also be more physically attractive in the eyes of others, which is always good.