Amazing Facts About Smiling

Amazing Facts About Smiling

A smile is a thing we do with our faces when we are happy or want others to think that we are. At that moment, our expression softens while our mouth turns up at the corners. We can also say that a smile is a facial expression in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward and which expresses especially amusement, pleasure, or approval. It is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Yoko Ono famously said,

      “Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning, and you will start to ascertain an enormous Difference in your life”.

Here are some of the remarkable facts about smiling-

  • When you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress which results in making the immune system function more effectively because when you are relaxed, your immune system acts perfectly. Smiling also releases neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. Together these three neurotransmitters help us feel good from head to toe. The endorphins act as a mild pain reliever, whereas the serotonin is an antidepressant. Another study suggests that smiling can help us reduce our heart rate.
  • Smiling brings more pleasure in our brains more than chocolate. British researchers discovered that one smile can produce the exact level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate. They also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash. That means 25 grand a smile… it’s not bad…at 400 daily smiles quite a few children out there may feel like Mark Zuckerberg every day!!!!!!!
  • Smiling is a form of exercise. It uses 5-53 muscles. So smiling brings benefits ultimately for the people who smile. Douglas Horton says-“Smile, it’s free therapy.”
  • An exceptional experiment took place at the University of Minnesota in 1924. It showed us the types of smiles that we never noticed before, the purely unrecognizable ones. The experiment was performed by a grad student Carney Landis where he assembled some of his mates, teachers, and psychology patients. What he came to learn from the result of the experiment was, there are 19 types of smiles and just 6 out of 19 is happiness driven. So every smile isn’t that smiley. Some can just be the masks to cover the inner feeling. Let us introduce with some of the types of smiles below-

Duchenne smile, angry-enjoyment smile, flirtatious smile, fear smile, miserable smile, damp smile, embarrassed smile, qualifier smile, contempt smile, the malicious joy, fake smile, reward smile, affiliative smile, dominance smile, the wistful smile, the polite smile, the Pan Am smile, etc.

     “For what reason did the Mona Lisa become one of the most renowned works of art ever?”

That is a question a large number of people have asked themselves in the past. And obviously, one possible answer is this: it is actually because of her stunning smile.

      The smile of “Mona Lisa” is often described as enigmatic, but in actuality, it’s a classic ‘flirtatious’ expression or we can say that it’s a flirtatious smile

  • We can know from the research that children smile an average of 400 times per day, compared to the average happy adult who smiles 40-50 times per day and the average adult who smiles only 20 times per day. Research also shows that women smile more than men. Women on average smile 62 times per day whereas men smile only 8 times per day.
  • Smiling can affect a person’s life span. Research shows that those who smile more, they live longer.
  • Humans can distinguish smiles from a long distance which is more than 300 feet away.
  • Even if we give a forced smile, it can boost our mood. If you are feeling sad & you smile at that time, you will start to feel happy for smiling. Remember that changing your behavior by smiling can change your inner feelings. In other words, if you “Put On a Happy Face” you will feel happier. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
  • Now let’s think out of the box & have a look at the fictional world. Even when writers create their imaginary world, they inspire us to smile a lot. As for example-Harry Potter freaks very often dream of visiting the magical world. Suppose, you get a chance for a ‘one-day dream visit to the magic world’. But sadly, you meet a boggart (the magical creature that takes the shape of anything that it thinks will frighten you the most) to ruin your day. What are you gonna do?? Just remember what you learned from Harry Potter. Laugh & it will never be able to frighten you. Rather it will vanish within seconds.

Just like that, a lot of situations come up in our life that can be remedied easily just with a simple heart-warming smile.

Mother Teresa once said,“Peace begins with a smile.” So keeping the saying in mind let’s smile a lot from now.

References:

  1. https://www.sclhealth.org/blog/2019/06/the-real-health-benefits-of-smiling-and-laughing/
  2. https://www.psychreg.org/psychological-benefits-of-smiling/
  3. https://buffer.com/resources/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture/

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