Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Power of Smiling

Daily life can be stressful, busy and hectic. It is very easy to get mixed up in the trials and tribulations of work, family, friends and even TV and the news!
 
Try this… Think back to the last 5 days, how many time on average per day do you think you really smiled? Are you surprised? Is it more or less than you thought?
 
It’s a proven fact that just the motion of smiling can make you feel better, even if it’s a forced smile! By raising the muscles on your face that’s needed to smile, this releases brain hormones that triggers happiness.

If you want to see this for yourself, try holding a pen horizontally between your teeth, this forces you to smile and after a few minutes you will start to feel happier.
 
We smile when we meet people we know and people we’ve just met to show them we are not a threat or danger to them. It’s a very important part of non-verbal communication, showing that you are a friend and not a foe.
 
Smiling is also very contagious, if you smile at someone you know they will smile back and if the smiles are genuine, it will make you both feel good and release more happiness hormones creating a very positive ‘feel-good’ chain reaction.
 
It’s no coincidence that people who smile more tend to be more positive on their outlook on life and on average, live longer, healthier lives. Of course, it may not work trying to force a smile all day every day, you’d get a very achy face (ask Tony Blair), but when you are feeling a bit low, try forcing a smile for a few minutes and see how you feel.
 
Here are some or the positives effects smiling can have on you:
 
1. Smiling is contagious

Because of complex brain activity that occurs when you see someone smiling, smiles are contagious. Studies report that just seeing one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, which leads to a grin.

Even in bad situations, if you smile, others are likely to mimic the expression.
 
2. Smiling lowers stress and anxiety

It’s not easy to keep smiling in stressful situations, but studies report that doing exactly that has health benefits. When recovering from a stressful situation, study participants who were smiling had lower heart rates than those with a neutral facial expression.

The next time you’re feeling stressed, just try smiling to calm yourself down.
 
3. Smiling releases endorphins

Smiling can help you manage stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins, chemicals that makes you happier. Endorphins are the same chemicals you get from working out or running, resulting in what is known as a runner’s high. Smile more to get that high without having to run.
 
4. You’ll be more attractive

Smiles can be very attractive for more reasons than one. A smile suggests that you’re personable, easy going, and empathetic. In fact, a study in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that smiling actually makes you more attractive to those you smile at.
 
5. Smiling strengthens your immune system

Smiling even makes your immune system stronger by making your body produce white blood cells to help fight illnesses. One study found that hospitalized children who were visited by story-tellers and puppeteers who made them smile and laugh had higher white blood cell counts than those children who weren’t
 
6. You’ll be more approachable

Turn that frown upside-down if you want to make some friends!

Studies have found that people are more willing to engage socially with others who are smiling. A smile is an inviting facial expression that tells people you are willing to talk and interact with them.
 
7. Smiling will make you more comfortable

Our natural tendency is to stick to things that are familiar, but smiling decreases this need. A study found that smiling can make you more comfortable in situations you would otherwise feel awkward in.
 
8. You’ll seem more trustworthy

If you want to improve your credibility, simply smile more. What could be easier than that?

Trusting doesn’t come easily to many, but smiling at someone may help.
 
9. You’ll be a better leader

If you’re in a position of power, or want to be, smiling may be the key to your success. A group of researchers from The University of Montpellier discovered that smiling is a more effective leadership technique than having great management responsibilities.

So, the next time you really want to show off those leadership skills, just grin.
 
So don’t forget to smile whenever you can, not only will it make you feel better, it can make other people feel better and help you to live longer.
 
We also hope we can help you smile when you use our services and you see your beautiful, clean home.
 
I’d love to hear your comments, let me know what makes you smile.
 
By Kevin Goodwin, info@directcleaners.com http://www.directcleaners.com