“If someone is too tired to smile, give them one of your smiles, because no one needs a smile as much as those you have none to give” Author unknown”
Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood. Psychologists have found that even if you are in a bad mood, smiling can instantly lift your spirits!
Like yawning, smiling is contagious. Scientists in Sweden say people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other people who were smiling!
Smiling relieves stress. Your body releases endorphins when you smile (even if the smile is forced) and the endorphins can produce a change in mood, thereby releasing stress and boosting your immune system.
Smiles can use between 5 and 53 muscles. Keep in mind that it is easier to smile than to frown – it actually takes on average 43 muscles to frown and only 17 muscles to smile.
Smiles are a universal sign of happiness. Handshakes, hugs, and bows all can mean different things in different cultures, but smiling is known around the world as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
Babies are born with the ability to smile. Scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability to smile – it is not something they just copy from watching us – as even blind babies smile. Newborns tend to have more preference for a person with a smile than a person that is not smiling!
Babies actually start smiling in the womb. New 3-D ultrasound imaging has captured vivid pictures in which developing babies are smiling in the womb. Right after birth, babies start smiling in their sleep, and at about 4 weeks of age they smile on purpose. Newborns tend to have more preference for a person with a smile than a person that is not smiling!
There are 19 different types of smiles. A researcher in San Francisco identified 19 types of smiles and 2 categories of smiles. Polite “social” smiles which engage few fewer muscles and “sincere felt” smiles which use more muscles.
Smiles are the most easily recognizable facial expression – people can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away!
People with big grins live longer. In a study published in the States, people who smile live an average of 7 years longer than people who don’t smile at all. Perhaps this is because smiles reveal positive feelings and positive feelings are linked to well-being.
Smiling sends out the message to people that you are approachable. This directly correlates with doing well in business, love and friendships.
Many animals have the ability to smile – for example chimpanzees and dogs can both be seen with smiles.