“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Han
Last week I wrote about changing your behavior to change your attitude. One of the tips in that article was to smile at a stranger. I received so many comments and inquires about that particular tip that I decided to dedicate this week’s mid-week motivation blog post to smiling!
The quote above hits it right on! Sometimes we smile because our joy brings us smiles, however if you’re not feeling joyful, then sometimes just putting a smile on your face can bring you joy!
There have been numerous studies that show that smiling (and laughter) is good for us. Besides improving our mood, here are a few of the many benefits of smiling:
+ Reduces Stress – smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin. It also reduces the stress hormone cortisol. It’s a natural drug.
+ Encourages Trust – studies have shown that we trust others when they smile and smile genuinely, which means others will trust you more if you smile more
+ Look Younger – Smiles lift the face naturally and make us look younger
+ Boost Immune System – Smiling helps the body relax which lets your immune system react more quickly.
+ Lower Heart Rate – When you smile and relax your body, the heart slows.
+ Temporarily Reduce Blood Pressure – due to the relaxing of your body and lower heart rate.
+ Increase Your Success – You appear more confident and more approachable.
The biggest benefit of smiling is that it’s contagious! It may just put everyone around you in a better mood! Just think if we all smiled more, wouldn’t the world be a better place.
I challenge you to smile more. When you’re on the phone smile, it will come through in your voice. Smile at everyone you see today and notice their reaction. Smile at yourself in the mirror, you might just notice yourself giggling a little because it doesn’t feel natural to smile at yourself in the mirror – do it anyway!! Let me know how it goes – I’ll be waiting to hear.