- Smiles are a Gift – If you want to make people around you feel happy & elevate their mood, just walk into a room & smile.
- Smiles are Infectious & Contagious (Smiles are the only thing contagious, allow them to infect you.) – Just as with yawning, when someone in a room looks around, grins & smiles, it’s hard not to join in.
- Smiles Lower Stress – Smiling improves your blood pressure, mood, heart rate, perception & ability to make better decisions.
- Smiles Simply Make You Feel Better – Mood & outlook on life are directly associated with brain neurotransmitters called endorphins. The more the endorphins flow, the better one feels. These chemicals are released when running, meeting a loved one, having a great time or simply smiling!
- Smiles are More Attractive – There is no doubt that people are attracted to others who smile.
- Smiles Reveal Honesty – Smiles are associated with those who are honest & sincere.
- Smiles Demonstrate Compassion & Care for Others – Facial expressions reveal the true nature of how one feels toward the person they are talking to.
- Smiles Help us Stay Healthy – White blood cells associated with our immune system are indirectly linked to smiling. Studies reveal that those who smile & laugh routinely get sick less & get better faster.
- Smiling Makes You More Approachable – Studies reveal that a smile will help break the barrier and makes you appear more trustworthy.
- Smiling Increases Your Teamwork & Leadership – Smiling takes effort & time. It leads to better listening, empathy, & working towards a common purpose as a team.
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter burns calories. Okay, so it’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.
Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.