How Smiling Contributes To Our Happiness

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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.Β Scientific studies have shownΒ 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 lest you 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 memoriesΒ and have a dance around for 5 minutes – anything.

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.

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.Β 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 πŸ™‚

 

 

 

42 thoughts on “How Smiling Contributes To Our Happiness

  1. Co

    So the humble smile is an endorphin pump, is it? Good to know. I shall remain childlike at heart, and smile often.

  2. scribbleartie

    I find it easy to smile most days. In fact I have had a few odd looks directed at me if I happen to laugh at a thought passing in my mind. I didn’t used to be like this – when I was a young shy awkward child, a man passed me and said “Look UP girl, always look UP and OUTWARDS, the ground is for dead people.”

    1. A Life Less Ordinary

      Haha! I love that you do that – I’m always really intrigued when I see someone laughing to themselves. I think that man knew what he was talking about – great quote and so true!

  3. Miriam

    So true, thanks for a much needed reminder. I’m not feeling particularly cheery today, lots of worrying stuff on my mind, but it’s amazing how even a fake smile helps. So I’ve just faked a smile and I feel better already.

    Most days however I go around with a smile on my face and it makes a world of difference. Breaks down barriers between people. πŸ™‚

    1. A Life Less Ordinary

      I think people underestimate how much smiling affects us and yet it’s so difficult to do if our mood doesn’t reflect it. It really does break barriers – I love that! Also, I’m glad the fake smile helped πŸ˜‰

  4. Marie Therese

    I think sometimes we don’t smile because we don’t want to appear weak or too eager to smile. Like, it’s cooler to look jaded or ironic, or something…But the bit about how children smile way more than adults reminds me that smiling isn’t weak or childish! Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. A Life Less Ordinary

      That’s a great point, Marie. I think that’s true – it’s kind of an epidemic to not appear happy. Also I think for some reason people don’t always like seeing spontaneously ‘happy people’ possibly it can be a reminder that they’re not so happy themselves or pressure to feel they should be happier? I’m not sure. But yeah, why is it okay for children to be happy and smiling and not adults? Something went wrong somewhere!

  5. Kim Richardson

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of K and commented:
    I loved this post, it captures the power of a smile so well! And it summed up my day. I had an appointment with my doctor today, who just happens to be located at the international airport in my city … As soon as I walk into that terminal, I’m beaming. I’m smiling from ear to ear and I can’t help myself because I love all the good things that come with airports. And I look around, and everyone I make eye contact with is smiling right back. I may be sick as a dog but geez, a smile or two is the best medicine!!

    1. A Life Less Ordinary

      I absolutely love being in airports too! Just love the atmosphere and anticipation of getting on a flight somewhere. I’m jealous you have a doctor at an airport?! Never heard of that before. I’d be going all the time haha! Hope you feel better soon – thank you for reblogging πŸ™‚

      1. Kim Richardson

        You’re so right, it’s the anticipation that gets me. Haha and I’m probably the only person who loves going to see the doctor πŸ™‚ hopefully I’ll be back in good health soon. Wonderful article!!

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  7. roweeee

    Thanks so much for this. A great, encouraging post and it’s such a good thing for you to encourage others to smile and feel better.
    I had a big smile this week when I went down to the beach to check out the fog on the water and it was so inspiring and such an unexpected gift.
    I thought you might be interested in a blogshare managed by Trent called: “The Weekly Smile”: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/
    xx Rowena

  8. jemdreamz1214

    I stopped by from mostly blogging’s meet and greet. I love to smile often, makes people wonder what your thinking πŸ˜‰.

    I pinned and followed you on pinterest. I am happy to find another blogger trying to spread happy positive lifestyle choices to the world!

    Jem
    http://Www.jemseclectichome.com

  9. purpleslobinrecovery

    Hi! I’m here from Janice’s St Pat’s DAy Meet and Greet.
    I love this article! It’s so true! When I smile at myself in the mirror, I instantly feel better and have a better day!
    And it’s fun to play the “CAn I make them smile” game!! Most of the time, I win! cuz they smile back!

    1. A Life Less Ordinary

      Hi Melinda! What an awesome game to play haha! And why not make a game out of it?! Makes it more fun. I love your positivity and thank you for coming to say hello πŸ™‚

  10. spartacus2030

    I must say I’m impressed! This is the first post that actually offers a concrete method to become happy, I’ve ever seen! Brilliant, masterpeice! Congrats. on a blog entry I’m sure will help many…

  11. vanbytheriver

    Such a great post. I’m a believer. When my daughter was leaving for college, I took a job at the front desk of a hotel. I had to smile constantly, no matter how I was feeling. It got me through every day as I adjusted to the “empty nest”. You have a lovely blog here. πŸ’•

    1. Jenny M

      Thank you! It just shows the power that a smile can hold. I don’t think a lot of people realise how much smiling can affect us – you’ve given such a great example, thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

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