11 Science-Backed Benefits of Smiling [Infographic]
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” ~ William Arthur Ward
Did you know that smiling and laughter have the power to relieve anxiety, boost our mood, and help strengthen relationships? Many studies have shown that a smile is all we need to contribute to a happy and healthy life.
Smiling helps release endorphins, dopamine and serotonin—also known as our happy hormones. When our body releases these feel good neurotransmitters, it directly impacts our mood and helps alleviate stress, and relax our body.
Though our world is experiencing some troubling times, we should always be able to find a reason to smile. Here are a few ways we can smile more throughout our day:
1. Practice gratitude
As soon as you wake up in the morning, make it a habit to count all of the things you are grateful for. Being in a state of gratitude allows us to become present, helping us relieve anxiety, and feel more positive emotions.
“A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.” ~ Dalai Lama
2. Spend time in nature
Being in nature can do wonders for our mood, thus increasing the likelihood of smiling. Taking a walk, going for a bike ride, or just enjoying the peacefulness of the outdoors is the perfect way to boost our happiness levels.
3. Begin your day with a mindful meditation
Aside from practicing gratitude, meditation can also help put us in a state of presence. Meditation helps reduce stress levels, and is one of the best ways to decrease anxiety. You’re guaranteed to have a smile on your face each morning after a mindful meditation.
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
To find out more ways we can find reasons to smile more and the health benefits of smiling, check out the visual guide below from Auraglow:
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