Top 10 Reasons to Smile Every Day

Top 10 Reasons to Smile Every Day

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG   26th March 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY & TOP 10 of DAY TOGETHER

Top 10 Reasons to Smile Every Day

 1              Smiling Helps You Live Longer

Perhaps the most compelling reason to smile is that it may lengthen your overall lifespan. One 2010 study found that genuine, intense smiling is associated with longer life.

Overall, happy people seem to enjoy better health and longevity, though more research is needed to understand why that is. Research does suggest that happiness could increase lifespan by years—suggesting maintaining a happy, positive mood may be an important part of living a healthy lifestyle.

2              Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can permeate our entire being, and it can really show up in our faces. Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed but it can actually help decrease stress.

Believe it or not, smiling can reduce stress even if you don’t feel like smiling or even if you fake it with a smile that isn’t genuine.

When you are stressed, take the time to put on a smile. You and those around you will reap the benefits.

3              Smiling Elevates Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance your mood will change for the better. The physical act of smiling actually activates pathways in your brain that influence your emotional state—meaning that by adopting a happy facial expression, you can “trick” your mind into entering a state of happiness.

This holds true whether or not your smile is real.

A simple smile can trigger the release of neuropeptides that improve your neural communication, as well as neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which can boost your mood. Think of smiling like a natural antidepressant.

4              Smiling Is Contagious

How many times have you heard that a smile has the power to light up the room? While it is certainly a beautiful sentiment, it carries a hint of truth. Smiling not only has the ability to elevate your mood, but it can also change the moods of others for the better.

Your brain automatically notices and interprets other people’s facial expressions—and sometimes, you may even mimic them. That means that you might spot someone else’s smile and unconsciously smile yourself. Yes, it is scientifically proven that smiles are contagious.6

5              Smiling Boosts the Immune System

Smiling can also boost your overall health by helping your immune system to function more effectively. It is thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (thanks to the release of certain neurotransmitters).7 Whether you’re trying to maintain your overall health or strengthen your immune system ahead of cold and flu season, smiling may help.

6              Smiling May Lower Blood Pressure.

Smiling could have a beneficial impact on your blood pressure. Laughter specifically seems to lower blood pressure, after causing an initial increase in heart rate and breathing.8 While smiling has been shown to lower your heart rate in the face of stress, more research is needed to determine exactly how it reduces blood pressure.

You can try testing this idea for yourself if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes and take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7              Smiling Reduces Pain

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, other natural painkillers, and serotonin.9 Together, these brain chemicals make us feel good from head to toe. Not only do they elevate your mood, but they also relax your body and reduce physical pain. Smiling is a natural drug.

8              Smiling Makes You Attractive

We are naturally drawn to people who smile. While more severe or negative facial expressions like frowns, scowls, and grimaces work in the opposite manner, effectively pushing people away, smiling is seen as more attractive—and people may even assume you have more positive personality traits if you’re smiling.

Not only can smiling make you more attractive, but it can also make you look more youthful. The muscles we use to smile also lift the face, making a person appear younger. So instead of opting for a facelift, just try smiling your way through the day—you’ll look younger and feel better.

9              Smiling Suggests Success

Research has shown that people who smile regularly appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and are more likely to be approached.

Try putting on a smile at meetings and business appointments. You might find that people react to you differently.

10           Smiling Helps You Stay Positive.

By Mark Stibich, PhD

Smile

Nat King Cole

Smile, though your heart is aching

Smile, even though it’s breaking

When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by

If you smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile, and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness

Hide every trace of sadness

Although a tear may be ever so near

 

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what’s the use of crying?

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what’s the use of crying?

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile

 

Songwriters: Charles Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner

For non-commercial use only.

Data from: Musixmatch

AND TODAY’S REASON TO MAKE YOU SMILE, WELL IT DOES ME!

UK vinyl sales to overtake CDs for first time since 1987

It was a record year for the music industry in 2020 with global sales amounting to the tune of $21.6bn (£15.7bn) – the highest figure since 2002.

According to the IFPI, which represents the recording industry, global music revenues increased by 7.4% and paid streaming revenues rose by 18.5%. With sales hitting a high note last year, music helped soothe the “pandemic blues”, says Reuters. In its global report, the IFPI added that “we have once again been reminded of the enduring power of music”.

In the UK, pandemic music buying habits have accelerated the revival of the classic LP, The Guardian reports. And record labels are “on track” to make more money in 2021 from the sale of vinyl than the “once-mighty” CD for the first time since 1987.

TOP TEN OF THE DAY

Top 10 Reasons to Smile Every Day

SEE ABOVE

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…a smiling.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

A police officer just knocked on my door and told me my dogs are chasing people on bikes. That’s ridiculous. My dogs don’t even own bikes!

LOVE IS…

Love is…a smiley face.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to smile…A time to a laugh.

YOUR HISTORY

1953 Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully tested a vaccine to prevent polio, clinical trials began the next year

LITTLE NUMBERS: SOME HORRBLE SOME NICE

Total Cases                         4,319,128                             Latest Daily New Cases                  6,397

People in Hospital            5,122                                     Change on Day                                  -286

Total deaths                       126,445                                 New Deaths 24 Hr Period             63

Total 1st Vaccine Dose   28,991,188                           Latest Daily Figure (1st Dose)      337,665

 

 

 

 

 

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