Smiling isn’t just a way to make new friends or express your amusement, it also provides numerous health benefits. But, did you know we smile less as we age? The average child smiles 400 times per day while the average adult smiles only 20 times. No wonder we miss being kids! Smile more and take advantage of the positive effects.
Benefits of Smiling
You may notice a mood boost when smiling which is certainly a benefit. Take stock of the other advantages listed below:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Increased endurance
- Reduced pain
- Lessened stress
- Boosted immune system
Beyond positively impacting your health and wellness, studies also show that people who smile more tend to be increasingly likable and competent. Smilers also are more productive, and make more money at work!
Smiling and Endorphins
When you smile, your brain releases microscopic molecules called neuropeptides to fight off stress. Following the release of neuropeptides, other neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonin come into play too! Endorphins act as a mild pain reliever while serotonin is an antidepressant.
One study implies that smiling can assist us in rapid recovery from stress while reducing our heart rate! That being said, if you are suffering from depression or anxiety, smiling is not a solution. Please contact a doctor or mental health professional to seek treatment.
The next time you are in need of a pick-me-up pull out your toothy grin! It may give you the lift you’ve been looking for.