Mother Teresa once said, “I’ll never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.” Thanks to recent scientific studies, we’re starting to be able to understand the power of a smile. Smiling doesn’t just affect your appearance. Studies show that smiling can benefit your health, your appearance, your relationships, and more.
Smiling more can make you a more positive person by changing how your brain works. Your brain tracks when you smile, so if you smile more, you can stop your brain’s natural tendency to think negatively. If you smile enough, you can actually rewire your brain to make more positive patterns than negative patterns.
It’s not just an adage. Studies have confirmed that when we see other people smiling, it actually suppresses the control we have over our own facial muscles, making us smile back. While it’s still possible to frown when someone is smiling at you, it’s very difficult.
And you know what they say about chocolate. Smiling stimulates your brain’s reward mechanism in a way that even chocolate can’t match. One smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.
One study shows that smiling is as stimulating as receiving $25,000 of cold, hard cash. If you ever wondered what it feels like to be a millionaire, it only takes 40 smiles to get to that million dollar mark.
In a recent post we identified six health benefits of smiling. From stress reduction to a healthier heart to a longer life span, smiling more often can improve your overall quality of life.
Your smile isn’t only the first thing people notice and the number one thing people remember later, it’s also something people look for when dating. One study shows 71% of women and 58% of men consider the smile to be the most desirable feature in a partner.
A study from Penn State University shows that people who smile appear to be more likable, courteous, and competent. So smiling in an important business meeting or a job interview can help improve your chances for a more positive outcome.
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