Did you know that smiling more can improve more than your first impressions? There are numerous benefits to smiling. It can make you happier, healthier, and more approachable to others. Smiling more often can also benefit your career.
The simple act of smiling improves your mood because it actually affects the chemistry of your brain. When you smile, your brain releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. Endorphins have been referred to as natural painkillers because they’re triggered in times of great stress or trauma. Endorphins “are responsible for keeping us happy.” But the really amazing thing is that you can actually improve your mood and your health by smiling, even when you don’t feel like it.
According to an article in Forbes Magazine: ”Pasting a smile on your face, even if you are consciously faking it, can improve your mood and reduce stress.” If you smile often enough, you can become a more positive person. That’s because over time smiling can actually train your mind to see the world differently. So, “the more you smile, the more effective you are at breaking the brain’s tendency to think negatively.” When you do this, you are “rewiring your brain to make positive patterns.”
Have you ever noticed how someone who smiles a lot can light up a whole room? This happens because smiling is contagious. When you smile, “around 50% of people smile back.” It’s a natural reaction because your brain has something called “mirror neurons” which causes people to copy the behavior of those around them.
In an article from Scientific American, neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni of the University of California at Los Angeles explains how mirror neurons work: “When I see you smiling, my mirror neurons for smiling fire up, too, initiating a cascade of neural activity that evokes the feeling we typically associate with a smile.”
A research project conducted by Penn State University studied customer reactions in 64 restaurants. They discovered that “smiles shared by employees in the service industry influenced their impressions on customers in a positive way.” The researchers found that “smiling employees came across as more likable and friendly” which left customers “feeling more satisfied about their overall experience.” That’s why people who smile often are “more likely to earn more money through tips and raises.”
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