Starting the day with a smile provides us with many benefits. Smiling makes us feel more optimistic and transfer this feeling to people around us. It has been scientifically proved that smiling is contagious. The reason is mirror neurons, that when seeing a smiling face,we tend to imitate the gesture.
Smiling helps the brain produce more serotonins and endorphins, which produces a nice well-being sensation. Even the nervous system functioning is improved.
In addition, it is a way to reduce stress, helps to relax and see problems not so complicated. A spontaneous and real smile transmits positive energy and has the ability to cheer people up. Smiling favours social relationships as happiness, confidence, affection and charm.
Some years ago, an experiment demonstrated that people who smile almost every day are likely to live 7 years more than people with negative thoughts.
Although there are small cultural differences about how and why we smile, smiling is a universal gesture. It is said that women smile more and Russian people are those who smile less, probably this is due to the hard weather.
Do you need more reasons to smile?