Cracking a smile is good for you!
Share a smile to celebrate World Smile Day®
You would expect us to be in favour of a bit of smiling — our job is to help you look after your smile — but there is plenty of evidence that smiling might also be the best self help cure there is. The physical act of smiling is not just a universal and effective way to lift your mood, it can also have huge benefits for your health and well-being.
When you flash a smile, a number of physiological changes occur in your body, often without you being consciously aware of them. Smiling activates nerves in your brain that trigger mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller) all of which give a quick boost to your immune system, increase your blood flow and lower your blood pressure. As it is the movements of your facial muscles that trigger this chemical response, the good news is that it works whether your smile is genuine or fake — the brain can’t tell the difference. So, the more you smile, the happier you’ll feel.
Smiling also reduces the level of cortisol produced in your brain, which effectively lowers the level of stress you feel. Research has shown that people who smiled while performing a strenuous task (even if the smile was fake), had a lower heart rate and were less stressed than those who didn’t smile.
On a personal level, smiling makes you appear more approachable, everyone will want to be around you to share in your positivity. Sharing a smile may be the best way to make friends. Smiling can also change other people’s moods, it’s contagious. Have you heard the saying: she has a smile that lights up a room? Smiling can also make you look younger because the muscles used to smile also lift the face.
Today we are encouraging you to share a smile for all the reasons above, but also because it’s World Smile Day®. a day devoted to smiles and kind acts. World Smile Day® was conceived by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from
Massachusetts who created the famous smiley face. It’s now celebrated around the world as a day devoted to smiles and kind acts.
If you want to find out more about Harvey Ball, follow the link below which features a song written by his son Charlie Ball and tells the story of the founding of World Smile Day: https://youtu.be/