What To Do When You Don't Feel Like Smiling
Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you try you can’t seem to smile, and people keep telling you to cheer up? It’s probably not the most welcoming of advice, but there is a reason why you should smile when you are feeling sick or sad.
Smiling is important, not because it makes us look good but because other people also love being smiled at. Laughing and smiling can significantly increase your well-being, but as people get older and transition from children to serious and mature adults, they forget to smile.
“Smile and the world smiles with You.”
Let’s talk about some of the benefits of smiling and how it can help improve your social relationships.
Did you know smiling makes you more attractive? It not only lifts your mood but also the mood of the people around you. You can say it’s contagious in many ways. Some even believe it helps people live a longer life.
An interesting piece of information was shared in a recent study stating that most people are born smiling. Ultrasound images of babies have shown babies smiling in the mother’s womb, and they continue to smile when they are asleep.
Smile Is An Effective Form Of Meditation
Smiling is a one-second meditation that can help us relax, uplift our individuality, and tune our focus from within. There is a saying that states “Be the change you want to see in the world.” If you want other people to be happy with you, then you need to start being happy as well.
When we smile, other people get positive vibes from us and this sense of positivity helps develop stronger relationships.
Smiling Makes You Beautiful
Whether you believe it or not, smiling makes you look more attractive and youthful. Studies show that 70 percent of people think smiling women are far more attractive compared to those who use makeup to look beautiful.
Studies have also shown that smiling brightens your eyes, helps your inner shine, and tones your facial muscles. If you ever want to feel young at heart, start smiling.
Smiling Improves Your Social Life
Answer something for us, who would you rather talk to? Someone you believe can help you be more comfortable or someone who is going to put you into stress? Most people would prefer good and positive company. You can be that person for someone else.
Smiling can help you find good people. Some people even get opportunities in their life just because they have a positive attitude towards life and are seen mostly smiling.
Smiling Brings You Closer To The People You Love
All relationships have problems, it is one of the most inevitable realities of life. But in all that struggle and hardship, a smiling face can make all the difference. If you are in a close relationship with someone, they would want to see you smiling, as it will bring joy to them to see you happy.
People with a propensity to genuinely be happy are more likely to enjoy their social relationships. This pattern has been shown in several studies.
When You Smile, You Trick Your Brain Into Happiness.
Smiling And Mental Health
Smiling has also been associated with psychological benefits. Smiling helps people tackle adverse events in life, which makes a person stronger.
When you smile, your orbitofrontal cortex gets activated, which is the sensory part of your brain that gets activated when you are rewarded. In short, when you smile, your body feels like it is being rewarded.
A study was carried out on people who recently lost a loved one. All participants in that study talked briefly about their relationship with the departed. The research, observed through a video recording, analyzed whether the people sharing those stories were genuinely smiling. It was found that the more they smiled, the longer they were able to talk about their loved ones.
Another study showed that students who smiled more often were able to cope with the stress of their studies far better than other students who didn’t.
Smiling Reduces Aggression
Some researchers have linked smiling to reduced physical dominance. A smile is a representation that you are friendly and not aggressive or hostile.
A smile also reflects your tendency to tolerate the negativity around you. It shows the strength of your character to fight your anger or aggressive instincts.
Scientists have also found that smiling makes people perceive you as relaxed, reliable, and sincere.
How To Smile More Often?
- Do you know that your brain doesn’t know the difference between a real smile and a fake smile? So, smile more often when you are feeling down even if it’s a fake one. You might be thinking, how will this help? Well, your brain works mechanically, which means that once you make a habit of smiling more often, it won’t be long before you start smiling on your own without even realizing it.
- Spend more time with positive people. When you surround yourself with optimistic and fun-loving people, it will bring a cheerier side to you and uplift your spirits.
- Many people don’t smile that often because they have bad oral conditions, such as tooth decay, issues moving their jaw, unaligned, yellow, or broken teeth. See a dentist or a dental surgeon for a consultation and get your teeth checked from a qualified professional.
Remember, we cannot control everything that happens in our lives, but laughing and smiling more can bring a positive change to our lives. So, keep smiling!