Smile: It Looks Good On You

Smile! It’s National Smile Week, August 8-14th. Did you know smiling is actually good for you and it’s totally contagious! Scientific research shows there are more benefits to smiling than meets the eye. Here are 6 incredible reasons you should smile more often:

1. Smiling Is A Workout
When you smile, you use anywhere from 5 to 53 facial muscles—depending on what type of smile you’re smiling. In fact, a UC San Francisco researcher identified 19 types of smiles and put them into two categories. There are polite “social” smiles, which engage fewer muscles, and sincere “felt” smiles that use more muscles on both sides of the face. So the more sincere the smile, the better the workout.

2. Smiling Relieves Stress
The next time you’re feeling stressed, take some time to breathe and try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Makes You More Attractive
We’re naturally drawn to people who smile. It’s only human to want to know a smiling face and figure out what they’re so happy about. Why? Because we want to smile too.

4. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there’s a measurable reduction in blood pressure. You can see results for yourself if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Take a reading. Next, smile for about a minute and take another reading while still smiling. You should see a considerable drop.

5. Smiling Releases Feel Good Chemicals
When you smile, your brain releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin. All of these are like natural drugs that make you feel good.

6. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this: Smile big. Now try to think of something negative without losing your smile. It’s really hard to do! When you smile, your brain sends the message that you’re happy, and that life is good.

i♥moms wants to know, what do you have to smile about?

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