No matter how stressed you are, don’t let it take away your beautiful smile. Smiling gives you way more health and social benefits that you can’t afford to miss. Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want to keep company with a ‘Smiley?’ So, before you decide to keep that smile in the boot, let’s explore 8 benefits of this happy habit.

Smiling is a natural in-born instinct

This adorable new born baby with his cute little smile. Credit/boredpanda.com

We now have evidence that we are hardwired to smile. More advanced ultrasound testing has shown babies in the womb smiling and even blinking, and these reflexes are thought to prepare them for their life outside.

Smiles are like super-glue for healthy relationships

Unlike their counterparts, people with generous smiles are considered to be more likeable and approachable. Psychologists Dacher Keltner, PhD, and Lee Anne Harker, PhD of the University of California, Berkeley contributed to a 30-year study where they compared yearbook photos of 21-year-old graduates with their situation later in life. They discovered that those who smiled with genuinely positive emotion had healthier marriages at age 52. Further more, you can sweeten your marriage with two little words.

Smiling is contagious, in a good way

These smiling beautiful children show us an example. Credit/Compassion.com

Smiling is a global language understood and accepted by people regardless of age, race, culture, language, and nationality. When you smile at people, even strangers, they almost always smile back, spreading a kind of peace and goodwill. That’s why people who spend time around children, who smile often, naturally smile more than people who keep mostly adult company.

Smiling helps us win the trust of others

Would you support a sour-faced salesman or politician? People tend to trust the smiling more than someone who provides the same service with an impassive face. A smile also reflects confidence, a feeling we respond to positively. MRI scans show that smiling faces activate the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain, which processes sensory rewards, making smiles feel like little gifts.

Smiles are good for your heart health

When we smile, our system recognizes that there’s an absence of threat, and relaxes: This slows down our heart rate, lowers production of the stress hormone cortisol, and may temporarily reduce blood pressure, thereby boosting overall heart health.

Smiling takes the edge off our nerves

Smiles generate endorphins, the feel-good chemicals associated with exercise. Smiles also have a morphine-like action that helps relieve stress and reduce perception of pain in the brain. Doctors always find that Children in hospitals who are exposed to comedies and comic characters often report less pain compared to those who don’t have those experiences.

Smiling could earn you a long life

Smiles in relationships are the secret to long life. Credit/iStock/laflor

The more you smile, the longer you’re likely to live. It is said that people that smile more often tend to live longer by 5-7 years longer than their frown-faced counterparts.

Smiling helps you defy age

Smiling makes us look younger, too: People who smile frequently seem to age more slowly, appearing around three years younger than their less smiley counterparts. Say cheese to smiling! #Rewordit

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