By Amber Bass
There isn’t one word needed to convey compassion, enthusiasm or a simple “Hello!” All of these emotions and many more can be told with a simple but illusive smile. In today’s hustle and bustle society, common courtesy and compassion can easily be tossed to the wayside as we go about our daily activities. There are no germs, uncomfortable moments, misinterpretations or cost to the simple gift everyone can give freely. Besides just the positive energy smiling can bring there are also health benefits to be reaped from this most primitive but priceless gesture. In fact, smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system. Keep reading for more fascinating facts about our smiles.
Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood: Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.
It boosts your immune system: Smiling really can improve your physical health, too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.
Smiles are contagious: It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.
Smiles relieve stress: Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.
Babies are born with the ability to smile: Babies learn a lot of behaviors and sounds from watching the people around them, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability, since even blind babies smile.
Smiles are more attractive than makeup: A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.
With all the free positive health benefits of flashing your unique smile, why not?
Fact from www.PickTheBrain.com Posted on July 13, 2010 byNursingSchools.net