The World Smile Day. It is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year. There’s no denying the fact that the optimistic power of this happy facial expression can have a positive effect on your well-being.
Research has linked a plethora of health benefits to smiling and laughing. Whether you call it smirk, grin or beam, this cheerful facial expression generates a number of physiological changes inside your body, and without you being unaware of it happening. Take a look at some amazing health benefits that smiling has to offer:
- It relaxes your body and lowers heart rate, enabling the heart to work without overworking.
- Smiling reduces blood pressure – as you smile, endorphins (the body’s natural stress-fighters) go up and blood pressure comes down.
- Endorphins make you feel happier and less stressed. Endorphins also lift your mood.
- Smiling also provides natural pain relief with the release of endorphins.
- Smiling appears to boost your body’s immune system – this is because laughter and positive thoughts release signalling molecules in your brain that fight stress and illnesses.
- It improves relationships – A 2010 study suggested that people with positive emotions have more stable marriages and better interpersonal skills than people with negative emotions.
- Smiling has also been linked to better productivity while performing tasks.
- Studies suggest that we are more likely to trust others when they smile.
- Smiling makes you look younger – studies have shown that smiles make people look younger, around 3 years younger on average.
- It promotes longevity – A 2010 study showed that smiling and positive emotions can add years to your life.
World Smile Day was founded by Harvey Ball, the man who created the Smiley Face in 1963. First celebrated in the year 1999, the idea of this day is to remind each one of us that we should take a break from being serious and smile once in a while.