Three Reasons to Smile Every Day
“When you’re smilin’, keep on smilin’
The whole world smiles with you.”
It turns out that Louis Armstrong was right about smiling and now we have loads of research to back him up! Choosing to smile sets in motion a chain reaction of happiness — internally and among those around you. Here are three reasons why it’s good to make smiling a daily habit.
1. Smiling Creates an Internal Happiness Loop.
Author Shawn Achor wrote a book called The Happiness Advantage.
In the book, Achor points out that the brain registers when we are smiling and shifts the mind and our thoughts to a more positive place. The more you smile, the longer you’ll keep that positive frame of mind, creating what he calls a happiness loop. “Happiness is a work ethic,” wrote Achor. “It’s something that requires our brains to train just like an athlete has to train.” So start your training today with a few more smiles!
2. Smiles are a Building Block to Friendship.
Curious to know the key to making friends? Start with a smile. Smiling puts people at ease – even total strangers. A study from the University of California, Irvine showed that people are more likely to develop a connection with a stranger if he or she showed positive emotions like smiling.
3. You Just Might Live Longer.
Did you know smiling regularly may be an indicator of how long you’ll live? From reducing stress to boosting your immune system, smiling frequently has a measurable effect on your overall health and well-being. In fact, there is published research that indicates that smiling can add 7 years to your life.
Now that you know the power of a smile — don’t hold back! Show off your brilliant smile every day.