what made you smile today?

Do you ever think about how many times you smile a day? or how many times you got someone else to smile.  Among humans, a smile expresses delight, sociability, happiness, joy or amusement. Studies show that people who smile appear more likeable, courteous and competent. Smilers tend to be more productive at any public space. Smiling is contagious, and when we smile we activate neurons in the brain that fire a synchronizing feature. Did you know smiling Reduced stress, Increased endurance, and Reduced blood pressure.

Research shows that children smile an average of 400 times per day compared to the average happy adult who smiles 40-50 times per day and the typical adult who smiles only 20 times per day. Smiling not only offers a mood boost but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous health benefits. Crazy how just a smile can have health benefits and offer more than what it seems. So what made you smile today?

One thought on “what made you smile today?

  1. As I read your article, I was smiling. I had no idea there were health benefits to smiling, but I can relate. My nana (grandmother) used to tell me to quit smiling at people because it made me look weak. Unfortunately, my nana was unhappy and didn’t live a joyful life, but I continue to and will continue to smile all the time; even if it means smiling at student and greeting them in the halls when I get ignored or don’t receive a response half the time. 🙂 In the great words of Buddy the Elf, “smiling’s my favorite.”


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