Genuine smiles are shown to help you reduce stress. In fact, we think this might be why “happy hour” started- after a stressful day of work, employees headed into a fun social gathering to laugh and let the stress of the day dissolve away. And, smiling is cheaper than a beer!
Take advantage of the stress relief benefits of smiling by smiling both during and after stressful activities to help lessen the effects of stress on your body. Evidence shows it can help both the body and mind recover more quickly. Source: Smile! It’s Good For Your Heart
By smiling, internal and external positive changes start happening right away. For example, smiling makes you appear more friendly, trustworthy and approachable. By smiling, you become more inviting than when you are not. This simple tweak allows connections with others, leaving you feeling less isolated or alone, which is important in feeling better.
Smiling is good for you and for others in part because it is free and contagious. Have you noticed how hard it is to not smile back at a genuine smile? And, in smiling, you might just make some one’s day better.