Have you ever seen someone with a smile that just seemed to dazzle you for some reason? Could you not get over how bright and straight their teeth were? Often times we find smiles so attractive that we can’t look away. Make no mistake there is a reason for that. As humans we are wired to look for symmetry, and this is no different when it comes to the human face or our smile.
We know that when we see someone else smile, it more often than not brings us joy even if we’re having a bad day. Pretty amazing stuff but what is even more amazing is what is happening inside your brain when YOU smile.
Ever heard of the phrase “laughter is the best medicine”? Well, what are you doing when you are laughing? You’ve got a big cheesy smile on your face and you are benefiting your health at the same time. In recent years spiritual teachers and modern scientists believe that a simple smile can change the world and community around you. You’re probably wondering how that can happen by such a simple gesture and understandably so.
Smiling is literally contagious because it makes us more attractive to others as well as helping lift our mood and the mood of those around us. In fact, you could even try this for yourself today wherever you go. Wear a smile into the grocery store or your doctor’s office and see how much of a different and positive experience you will have.
When you conduct the smiling experiment know that you are releasing a high amount of neuropeptides that help battle stress, anxiety, and depression. These neuropeptides are incredible molecules on a microscopic scale that encourage neurons in the brain to talk with one another. They help send messages and transmissions to your body to tell it if you are depressed, happy, sad and so forth.
But what is actually released during a smile or laugh that encourages proper brain health and functionality that works to relieve stress and anxiety? Well, the answer is not one chemical alone, in fact it is three. The happy feel good Nero transmitters known as dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all pull through your body when you put a smile on your face. This intern relaxes your body but can also help lower blood pressure and heart rate which is great for lowering your risk of heart related incidents.
So, if you want to start feeling better and making those around you feel better, start by wearing a smile wherever you go. Sure it sounds a little cheesy at first but the baby steps always make the biggest changes. Thanks for reading and happy smiling!