What Are the Benefits of Smiling?

What Are the Benefits of Smiling?

How many times do you smile every day?

Do you grin every time your favourite song comes on the radio or when you’re spending time with your friends and family?

All of those small moments add up.

The average happy adult smiles 40-50 times a day, but the typical adult only smiles 20 times. If you think that’s a big difference, consider that children smile 400 times a day.

Studies have shown that there are more than aesthetic benefits.

Smiling is also good for your health

Not only can it improve your mood, cracking a smile tells your body to release molecules called neuropeptides that work to fight off stress. A University of Kansas study found that smiling when you’re stressed can reduce the intensity. This works whether you’re actually happy or not.

In addition to being an excellent stress relief, smiling also:

  • Reduces blood pressure and your risk of heart disease: smiling and laughing increase your heart rate, relax the muscle, and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Increases endurance: perceived effort, which is how hard you feel your body is working, is one of the most important factors in endurance. If you’re smiling, your perceived effort may be lower and your athletic performance may be enhanced.
  • Reduces pain: Your body releases natural painkillers called endorphins when you laugh.
  • Strengthens your immune system: Laughing and thinking positively increases your immune response, making you less prone to diseases.
  • Releases endorphins: Endorphins are the hormones that make you feel happy. When you smile, your bod