As Published on Watchfit as a Featured Expert
Smile, it’s free, contagious and good for you!
Smiling has a positive effect on your wellbeing and we need to make more room in our lives for fun, laughter and smiling. Often as adults we tend to get caught up in the stresses of life and life gets too serious and we seems to have less and less time for fun and laughter.
Research has shown that there are many health benefits of smiling, when you smile and laugh there are a number of physiological changes that occur in your body, it activates neural messaging that benefits your health and of course your happiness.
Smiling activates the release of nueropeptides that work to fight off stress and the feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are also all released, these neurotransmitters help to relax your body, they lower you heart rate and your blood pressure – all good for your health. So when you feel your stress levels rising, it may be hard to find a reason to smile but find a funny video or a picture that makes you smile and you can counteract the effects of stress in your body.
Endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever, this makes it 100% organic with no negative side effects and serotonin is an 100% organic anti-depressant, again with no negative side effects.
So go on smile, you know you want to and as I mentioned before it is contagious. If you smile at someone, it is likely they can’t help but smile back and chances are it will change their mood and they will pass it on. You are then creating a relationship that allows both of you to release feel good chemicals and have a happier and healthier day.
Did you also know that you are better looking when you smile, try it out – people will treat you differently. One study reported that seeing an attractive face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, this is the region of your brain that processes sensory reward, so the study suggests that when you see a person smiling you feel rewarded. When you smile you are viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere, so keep smiling and see how it works for you.
Smiling raises your vibration; it can instantly change your mood. It’s impossible to sad, angry or depressed and smile at the same time. If you focus your energy on smiling and being happy, you raise your vibration and if you send out good vibrations you will receive good vibrations and attract positive circumstances. The brain can’t handle two emotions at the same time or two vibrations – it is one or the other, happy or sad, relaxed or stressed, accepting or resisting. Your smile is the switch that flips the vibration from lower to higher.
When your vibration is low, you don’t see the positive in any situation but rather focus on the negative, you don’t see things as they really are, you miss opportunities and you don’t experience life to its fullest.
Have you ever found that your day starts, something may go wrong like being stuck in traffic, you are then late for work or an appointment, you start to focus on what has gone wrong and things very quickly spiral out of control and your day seems to get worse and worse, your stress levels rise, what happens is that you are lowering your vibration and the more negative you are the more negative situations you attract. However, if you can switch that around, be grateful that you avoided the accident that made you late, you start to see the positives and the opportunities to have a great day, live in the moment and have a great day every day.
If you are still not convinced here are 7 Benefits of Smiling:
- It releases endorphins that that help lower stress
- The more we smile the more often we feel happier and relaxed
- Endorphins act as natural pain killers
- When endorphins increase, cortisol the stress hormone is reduced
- Laughing is good for us physically as it helps to expand the lungs, increase our oxygen levels and improve our pH levels
- Smiling make you more attractive and approachable
- It’s free and contagious, help others feel better too!
Simple Ways to Make you Smile Every Day
- Watch funny films, video’s or the comedy channel
- Look at pictures that bring back happy memories
- Meet up with friends who make you smile and laugh
- Focus on what is going right rather than what is going wrong
- Be grateful and give thanks
To find out more about raising your vibration, improving your health and simple ways to release stress to enable you to smile more, find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, connect with me by clicking here and we can start straightaway.