When we smile we trigger neurotransmitters that help us to feel happy. According to a Psychology Today Blog, endorphins, dopamine and serotonin increase in our bodies and help us feel good. This may reduce stress and pain. It may even help reduce blood pressure and heart rate. 1
It helps us to look better and cheer our surroundings. If someone approaches us in a bad mood and we greet them with a smile, we will have a good chance of dissipating the bad attitude and getting a happy smirk out of the deal. After all, a warm and genuine smile can be contagious.
It may also help us in customer relations and friendships. Let’s say you have a job that requires you to sell couches to customers. When they see a genuine smile on your face, customers are more willing to enter into a business relationship with you rather than with those who don’t appear happy. The same principle is at work when building healthy friendships.
Is a happy face valuable? Researchers at Bangor University asked this same question. By using several economic formulas, they calculated that one smile is worth a little more than a third of a penny. That does not sound like a lot but if we smile frequently during conversations and in relationships, it can pay off in the long run. 2
So, what about dusting that smile off and test-driving it among family, friends, and co-workers? What about going into a room full of folks for the purpose of changing the atmosphere with a happy face? Why not start a smile revolution.
Pamela A. Williams writes from Southern California.
1. Stevenson S., There is Magic in Your Smile: How Smiling Affects Your Brain. www.psychologytoday.com. Accessed August 30, 2017.
2. Researchers Measures the Value of a Smile. www.phys.org/news/2011-5-researchers-measure-the-value-of.html. Accessed August 31, 2017© 2002 - 2022, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.