Smiling: for most it happens subconsciously and with very little effort, but there are some seriously beneficial and scientifically proven reasons that smiling benefits us and those around us.
People don’t communicate through voice and gesture alone, your facial expressions are by far the most powerful communication tools we have, as they frame the context for all other communication and interaction.
So, here are some scientifically proven reasons to smile more often:
1. To Make Others Smile
“Smile and the world smiles with you” is not just a saying! Smiling has been proven to be contagious, and this is largely thought to stem from the human instinct to relate to and be part of a social group. Smiling at a stranger can trigger an automatic smile in response, which sets in motion a whole host of other automated responses. Who would have thought that a simple smile could have the potential to totally brighten someone’s day?
2. Looking Good & Feeling Great
For the past 30 or so years scientists have been studying the psychological effects of smiling and they have found that smiling, even if it’s fake, can trigger the release of endorphins, making you happier. Studies have also shown that people look most attractive when smiling.
3. Avoid Embarrassment
The embarrassed smile is something that everyone will be familiar with. It’s a sheepish look often accompanied by blushing and apologies. As social creatures, human will respond more favourably to people who respond to slip ups or silly accidents with a smile rather than swearing and scowling.
4. Look Trustworthy
A study published in 2001 by Scharlemann et al. revealed that participants were more likely to trust people who were smiling, sighting that the level of additional trust gained by a smile could be as high as 10%. A genuine smile will obviously have more effect, but smiling in general is a great way to establish trust in a wide variety of social and professional situations.
5. Avoid Punishment
LaFrance and Hecht found in 1995 that people who transgress rules are more likely to be afforded some level of leniency if they smile, and the smile doesn’t even have to be genuine. Just remember this next time you see a small child being reprimanded for bad behavior and smiling sweetly or when you slip up at work and need a pardon.
6. Feel Less Guilty or Stressed
Smiling has a huge effect on the way you feel. In fact it can relieve stress and ease guilt with the release of endorphins. This is great for your blood pressure and a whole host of other stress related health problems.
7. Relieve Pain
There a two very unusual ways to relieve physical or emotional pain, one is swearing and the other is smiling. While they work in very different ways with the same effect, smiling is more likely to engender support and help from those around you. Smiling after stubbing your toe, or a messy break up will release endorphins making you feel a little better at least.
8. Make More Money
When you are in an interview or before a committee it is so important to make a good first impression. Studies have shown that most employers decide within 15 seconds of meeting an interviewee whether they will employ them or not. The Personality and Psychology Bulletin also sited that candidates who smile are more likely to be awarded the job. So make sure you enter you interview with a smile!
Since you’re going to be smiling much more now than you used to, you ought to also make sure that your pearly whites are healthy and looking their best. While all smiles are good, an attractive one is best of all. Come in today to let us help you make your grin as gorgeous as it can be.