It’s Monday morning, and you are feeling the full effect of a busy weekend. It’s also raining, and you have a seemingly never-ending to-do list. Smiling is good for you so it is reported but the last thing you may want to do is crack a smile. Sounds all too familiar, I know! However, it may just be the very thing that will make you feel better, as many studies have shown that smiling is beneficial in many ways, both physical and mental 🙂
The most obvious advantage of smiling is that this will instantly make you seem more approachable, meaning that people are more likely to want to engage with you. A smile can also be a diplomatic tool to use when dealing with more difficult or challenging circumstances, possibly in the workplace.
Scientists believe that smiling on a regular basis may help prevent or ease stress. Research has established that this may be because smiling releases endorphin’s that then counteract Adrenalin.
Smiling is also known to be contagious. If you enter a room with a smile, it is more likely to encourage others to be friendly and join in. Smiling can also affect how you think, as the action of smiling alone can lead you to have more positive thoughts, which in turn helps you to feel happier. Research has also found that people who smile and try to approach situations with a more positive mindset are more productive and accomplish more.
Finally, it seems that even if you don’t feel like smiling, you can still experience the same benefits by faking it. Therefore, even if it is the last thing you want to do, it may well be worth trying it as long as you don’t overdo it.
So, what are you waiting for – get smiling!
As Mother Teresa said: “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”