Smile Power: 7 Scientifically Proven Reasons Why Optimism Will Save Your Life
Smiling Creates Opportunities
Smiling makes you seem more approachable, because you look happy, welcoming, more reliable and relaxed. When you see someone smiling you want to talk to them and be in their company, as opposed to when you see someone who looks sad, angry or stressed. Smiling, and maintaining a positive attitude will not only make it easier to meet new people, but it will also help strengthen your existing relationships, thereby creating new and exciting opportunities for you in both your personal and professional life.
Re-trains Your Brain to Seek and Find Happiness
While smiling comes naturally for some, others have to actively train their brains to function that way. And by smiling more often, you are rewiring your “brain to scan for the good things in life—to help us see more possibility, to feel more energy, and to succeed at higher levels,” according to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. Positive actions and thoughts train your brain to develop more optimistic patterns in the future, leading to happiness and success.
Even Fake Smiles Work
Not in the mood to smile? Turns out it’s better to fake it than to not smile at all. Even a forced smile can make you feel better subconsciously and physically. The very change in your face as you smile can elevate your mood and encourage a more positive outlook. It’s about accessing your muscle memory and tapping into the emotions that stir within, in this case, joy.