How Smiling Contributes to Our Happiness (& a Few Tips!)

How Smiling Contributes to Our Happiness  (& a Few Tips!)” was written by guest contributor, Jenny Marchal.

We all love seeing people smile. We all love making people smile. It’s a fundamental human trait. It’s also highly infectious and seeing someone smile causes us to react with our own grin even if it’s with a stranger.

Smiling is something we did often as children – smiling, laughing, playing and just being in the moment and enjoying it. I think I read somewhere that children laugh and smile around 200-300 times a day while adults, on average, only smile around 20 times. What the hell happened?! I guess many would say that life happened. Stress, worry, anxiety happened – everything that comes with modern life and ‘adulting’.

Everyone knows smiling is good for us – we release those feel-good endorphins and we all know these help us to feel happier and less stressed. There are numerous other benefits too – a hearty laugh exercises the body and stretches our muscles, it helps release emotions and also helps draw people positively to us. We can seem more approachable and confident to others, and they’ll react better towards us and in the right way it can resolve conflict. And what’s the number one trait people look for in a partner? Someone that’ll make them smile and laugh.

So if this is a huge key to feeling happy and getting us into a positive state then perhaps we should try and consciously smile a bit more?

Fake smile

Scientific studies have shown that even if you form your face into a smile (in other words, faking a smile) your brain is tricked into thinking you’re happy and releases endorphins. So this is a great exercise for you to do to up your happiness a bit (perhaps try this alone so you don’t look like a loony in the street gurning at yourself!) So much strong evidence in the field of research is coming through about just how much our body and physiology affects our thoughts and feelings.

Do things that make you smile

I think sometimes we tend to forget to do things that actually make us smile. We don’t always consciously go out of our way to do these things. Find some music that brings back fond memories and have a dance around for 5 minutes – anything.

1. Spend more time with people that make you happy

These people can work wonders for getting us out of a funk sometimes and help those smiles come to the fore more often.

2. Watch a funny film or TV comedy

Always a winner here – guaranteed laughs and smiles all round and can really lift our vibration.

Smile as much as you can

When you’re out and about try smiling more at people. Smile at the shop assistant. If you catch someone’s eye just give them a simple smile and carry on. These are little instances but you’ll eventually find that smiling will instantly put you in a happier state.

Being mindful about smiling can be hard especially if we don’t always feel like we have anything to smile about in the moment. But perhaps try to be more conscious of it and smile a bit more in your day-to-day life. In most cases it’s become a habit to not smile and just get on with our work, chores and the millions of other things we need to do. But just give it a go, even just for a day. Be aware of how much you smile or don’t smile and see how it changes your perceptions and your overall vibration and well-being.

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-Jenny Marchal

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About the Author: Jenny Marchal is a freelance writer. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner although writing, travelling and exploring are her biggest passions. She likes learning all about positive psychology and writes about it over at her blog: A Life Less Ordinary – Habits For Happiness.

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    Abdullah Olivares
    Posted April 18, 2016 9:18 am 0Likes

    I agree that smiling is so important. It’s hard for me to open up around other people, but in private and with my wife, I like to laugh a lot. I think it’s so important to not take life too seriously. 🙂

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    Andrea Schulman
    Posted April 18, 2016 3:22 pm 0Likes

    I hear you Abdullah! Keep smiling! 🙂 🙂

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    James Bergman
    Posted July 15, 2016 8:24 am 0Likes

    I know that smiling is good for me, it is one of the reasons I try to keep up with good oral hygiene. However, I really struggle when at the supermarket or just walking around town. I just get so focussed on what I’m doing that I forget to smile. Do you have any tips I could use to train myself to focus and smile while I am out?

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    Andrea Schulman
    Posted July 15, 2016 11:00 am 0Likes

    Hi James! I’ve found that looking directly at people can be very helpful. When we connect visually with people it can be easier to “remember to smile!” You can start with cashiers, servers, or people you are interacting with.

    Another thing you can do is set some times when you practice this skill. For example, when you are driving and you remember to practice, get in the habit of consciously smiling.

    The more you practice smiling, the easier it will become and the more dominant it will be.

    XO, Andrea

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