People are naturally drawn to those who smile. If you are looking to meet someone new, nothing will help as much as a genuine smile. A frown or glare pushes people away from you, while a big smile brings them in.
Feeling down? Force yourself to smile. When you smile, your body and mind will think you are in a good mood -- and pretty soon, you actually will be.
Some research has shown that smiling can affect your body's immune system, so when you relax and smile, you are also helping boost your immunity to disease and infection.
Because smiling relaxes you, it can also reduce your blood pressure and decrease stress. Whenever you get upset, take a deep breath and smile. You'll be suprised how quickly you can calm down and feel good again.
Endorphins and serotonin are released when you smile. The endorphins are a natural pain killer (no wonder they say, "Grin and bear it.") while serotonin is a mood enhancer, so not only can you reduce pain, you can also get a natural high by smiling.
Smiling works out your face muscles. Don't be afraid of laugh lines, a smile can actually improve your skin's elasticity and make you look younger.
Whether you are arguing with your partner or with a co-worker, a smile can be all you need to diffuse the conflict. It lets the other person know that you really aren't that angry and you aren't being defensive. Even a smiley face in an email can help deter an argument or break bad news.
Whether you are eyeing a guy on a crowded subway, trying to get a waitress' attention in a busy restaurant or attempting to get assistance at the DMV, a smile can make the connection you need. A smile makes you so approachable that it can be your introduction to a person before you even say a word.
Smiling shows you are confident, warm and friendly. It can make a real difference in a job interview. If you were deciding between two candidates with equal skills, which one would you hire? The one with the frown or the one with the big, genuine smile?
You never know what someone could be going through. They could be angry, upset or heartbroken. A smile across the room to a stranger may brighten his day and really make a difference in his life.
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