9 Simple Facts about smiling that are scientifically proven
May 24, 2018 | By: Fusion Photography
1. Smiling can make you look younger. It’s like a magic elixir that can save you thousands of dollars in cosmetic surgery. Scientifically speaking, turning up the corners of your mouth raises your entire face, including cheeks, jowls, and neck. Try it now!
2. Smiling can make you look thinner. Sad faces randomized and flashed on a computer screen were judged to be heftier.
3. Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being. Behavioral psychologist Sarah Stevenson writes “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are actively engaged when you smile. These same endorphins serve as natural pain relievers and act as the body's own opiates as well.
4. Smiling induces more pleasure in the brain more than chocolate. According to Ron Gutman, the author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, “British researchers found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.”
5. Even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost. As Buddhist author Thich Nhat Hanh said, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." Think about those times when you were sad or angry and someone chided you and tried to make you smile and you eventually did, think about that for a second, you actually felt better right?
6. Smiles can predict fulfillment in marriage. In a study cited by Gutman, the Smile author, the smiles of students were measured, and these ultimately predicted how long-lasting and satisfying the person’s marriage would be.
7. Smiling makes you seem courteous, likable, and confident and therefore more competent. So perhaps a simple smile might be a shortcut to business success.
8. The span of a person’s smile can predict lifespan. A 2010 Wayne State University research project studied pre-1950s major league player baseball cards. According to Gutman, “The researchers found that the span of a player's smile could actually predict the span of his life. Players who didn't smile in their pictures lived an average of only 72.9 years, where players with beaming smiles lived an average of almost 80 years.” So basically a big smile is worth 7 years on your life.
9. Smiling is contagious. Test this theory, I have many times. Walk into a room smiling and watch how people react to you. Most will smile back, and behind their smile, they are wondering “wtf does this person have going that makes them so happy, I want some of that”. Then try another room and walk in sad or grumpy - watch how people react.ersonerson