Did you know that there are numerous benefits to smiling? Besides the outer advantages, such as looking more attractive and approachable, there are inner benefits as well. Who knew that there is a strong connection between smiling and your overall health?
One obvious plus of smiling is its ability to lift your mood. The British Dental Health Foundation learned that not only will it make you happier, but people around you as well. It also makes you exude confidence, which will make you thrive at work and connect with people easily. You can never have too many friends, right?
Another benefit is the influence you’ll have on your surroundings. The more comfortable and happy you feel, the more the environment around you will respond. Positive energy exuded by smiling is contagious and family, friends, coworkers, etc. will react to it. This will foster a stronger sense of belonging in your community, and who wouldn’t want that?
Lastly, smiling reduces stress! Human nature dictates that when we’re stressed, we become anxious and upset. However, taking deep breaths and breaking a smile can make a huge difference. Large amounts of pressure are never good for your body and well being, so why not make a conscious effort to smile in the face of stress?