Looking at the above 2 smiling faces may have definitely made you smile.
I am sure you felt a little better looking at the picture. This is the effect of the easiest method that can make you feel lighter & de stressed anytime, anywhere and at place.
You got it right, its a simple SMILE.
Number of studies conducted by researchers have proved that a Smile can do wonders.
We all believe that happiness is what makes us smile. Just take a pause & think if the reverse can also be true? The fact is, as Dr. Isha Gupta a neurologist from IGEA Brain and Spine explains, a smile spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain hormones including dopamine and serotonin. “Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and aggression,” says Dr. Gupta. “Low levels of dopamine are also associated with depression.”
In other words, smiling can make your brain believe that you’re happy ,which can further lead to actual feelings of happiness. Our brain doesn't bother to analyse whether you are smiling because you are genuinely happy or you are just pretending.
So Smiling without a reason in the present moment can also produce the same beneficial effect. It can help lower stress & heart rate.
There are plenty more studies out there to make you smile (or at least, serve as reference for why you should). Researchers at the University of Kansas published findings that smiling helps reduce the body’s response to stress and lower heart rate in tense situations; another study linked smiling to lower blood pressure, while yet another suggests that smiling leads to longevity.
Travel writer Clemens Sehi uses a smile not just to feel better, but also as a way of setting an amicable tone with strangers abroad.
When traveling there is one thing that one realizes quite fast: a smile can change everything. It can open doors and the hearts of other people whose culture you do not even know. A smile is the most international language that everyone knows
Smiling is contagious not just because of how a smile looks from the outside, but also because of the intention and the feeling that is put behind a smile. When someone smiles at you, you feel the good vibes from them, which makes you want to pass a smile on the next person, and so on and so forth. We should make a conscious effort not to take smiles from our loved ones for granted, and to keep in mind that across the globe a smile can mean so much more than a simple facial movement.
So Happy Smiling!!