The Power Of A Smile!
Top 10 reasons to smile more ...
Posted on: 20/02/2015 By: Kirsty Parris
Every week, when I start to think of writing my blog post, I think of what would be useful to anyone reading it. Predominantly I've talked about what helps within business, but this week I want to talk about something far more simple, yet powerful: smiling ...
For those that know me, I am a natural smiley person, but for the past couple of months I have been supporting one of my best friends through the most terrifying ordeal of her life - her fight against cancer - and when we first started this journey, I didn't think I would ever smile again.
Together we have shared many tears and discussed previously untold fears and yet we have managed to find something to smile and laugh about and, in doing so, have managed to make others smile too.
Each time I sit with her in the Oncology Suite I see people of all ages and from all walks of life being hooked up to toxic chemicals. They know that what they are doing will make them feel even more unwell in the short-term, but they still do it - and still they smile - and that just blows me away.
Initially, I wondered to myself how they could be smiling when they are going through so much pain and fear - when they are literally fighting for their lives - but now I can see that they are smiles of hope and of appreciation of even the smallest things. It has been in these beautiful moments that I have truly understood the impact a smile can have.
"A smile is powerful. It can change your mood, your feelings, even your actions!"
So, with this in mind, I thought I would do look into this a bit further and discovered what smiling can do for you both emotionally and physically:
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.
Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed.
Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
Releases Endorphins, Natural Painkillers and Serotonin
It has been scientifically proven that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug and not one that is going to harm you.
Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently. Would you want to approach somebody that has a frown on their face?
Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away, but a smile draws them in.
Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
Smiling Is Contagious
I am one of those people that when walking down the street, will automatically smile at anyone that makes eye contact and 9 out of 10 will smile back. When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them.
Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. So you don't have to go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day - you'll look younger and feel better.
Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that "Life is good!" Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling – smiling may not be a cure all, but it certainly helps.
"Do what makes you smile ... it's a wonderful thing!"
So, when I have those days of feeling like there is nothing to smile about, that life is too stressful, all I have to do is look at a picture of my son, holding my beautiful granddaughter and I smile, the biggest smile of all – a smile of immeasurable love and pride - and that is what keeps me going.
Until next time ...