Smiling is good for you and good for others. Therefore, we should all strive to smile more! Here’s why.
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A beautiful, genuine smile isn’t just nice to look at; it’s also a way of intentionally or unintentionally communicating everything from mood to self-confidence and more. A smile is always more than a smile.
Objectively, however, a smile is nothing more than a tightening and flexing of our zygomaticus major and orbicularis oculi muscles. These are the muscles around our mouth and eyes that are most activated when we smile. From a rational standpoint, that’s all there is to it. However, you and I both know that a smile is so much more than that. A smile can bring joy and happiness into your life. A smile can reassure someone in doubt, cheer someone up who is down, or even convey attraction to someone you’re interested in.
A smile is always more than a smile, and while to scientists, a smile may be nothing more than flexing and relaxing specific facial muscles, we know that smiles are powerful.
While we are all aware of the effect a smile can have on us and others, there is also a large body of hard scientific evidence that hints at the power of such a seemingly simple facial expression. Studies show that a smile, even when forced, can make people feel calmer, more positive, and happier.