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#95 Smile More

#95 Smile More

Did you know that smiling actually makes you live longer and can boost your immune system? Studies have shown that smiling increases your lifespan, on average, 7 years. Think about how different our world would be if we smiled, laughed and shared more joy with each other. A smile is the universal language that can connect all people of the world throughout the world. 

A Smile A Day:

Smiling can be such a blissful experience. Have you ever notice how children smile, laugh and play with children from all different backgrounds? Or, that before language, a simple smile would allow our parents to know we were content? Enter, adulthood! The average adult smiles a mere 20 times a day – that is 380 times less than a child. So, why is this? Is the source; stress, distraction, depression – or do we simply having nothing to smile about? All of these are valid reasons for losing our joy of smiling – but the good news is, studies show that even forced smiles can boost your mood.

Smiling Facts:

  • Smiling is contagious – simply smiling at someone set of a chemical reaction in them to smile back. 
  • Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work to fight off stress and relax your body. 
  • The act of smiling activates endorphins that act as a natural pain reliever.
  • Smiling can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • The simple act of a grin can use up to 53 facial muscles.
  • People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away – it is easier to identify than any other facial expression.
  • A study cited by Gutman, measured the size of smiles o the students in the study – these ultimately predicted how long-lasting and satisfying the person’s marriage would be. 
  • Scientists believe that babies are born with the ability to smile – not from learned behavior.
  • Women generally smile more than men.
  • A UC-San Francisco researchers identified 19 types of smiles that are divided into two categories: polite social smiles which engage fewer muscles, and sincere felt smiles that use more muscles on both sides of the face.
  • While hand shakes, hugs, and bows have different meanings across cultures – smiling is known around the world as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
Girl Smiling

How can I make an impact:

Tier 1: Global Goodness

  • Smile the moment you rise in the morning. It is a blissful gift to yourself – as well as shows a sense of gratitude in having the opportunity to live another day. 
  • Smile at everyone you make eye contact with. A simple smile shared between strangers can make someone’s day – and remember how lovely it is to be on the receiving end of a random smile.

Tier 2: Planet Protector

  • All of Action 1
  • Begin a practice of smiling. For many people, smiling doesn’t come naturally. Creating a regular practice of smiling can build your confidence and increase the likelihood you will smile more. 
  • Remind yourself to smile as you move throughout your day. Sometimes we need a friendly reminder to lighten the energy with a smile.  Try setting an alarm or choosing an action that you associate with smiling. 

Tier 3: Earth Angel

  • All of Action 1 & 2
  • Share your joy of smiling with friends and family and encourage them to tap into the many benefits of smiling.  
  • Are you interested in taking smiling to the next level? Once you have mastered smiling more – switch over to laughing. The social and health benefits of sharing an authentic laugh, are even greater.  
  • Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa  

Facts References: 

https://https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/changepower/201605/the-9-superpowers-your-smile
https://weheartit.com/articles/299551897-52-self-care-activities-and-facts

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