“Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag
their tails and fall over.” - Walter Anderson
If you are thinking that this article is about human’s furry best friends and how adorable,
loveable, sunshiny they are and how they wag their tale and come running to you when you
come back home and how they are always able to cheer you up without saying anything at all;
wait what were we talking about?
Ah yes, the benefits of smiling! Remember Hermione’s tiny magic bag from Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows? The one from which she pulls out a plethora of essentials! A smile is
exactly the same. This little gesture brings with itself myriad of goodly consequences. So let
us look at some of the benefits that will push you to say cheeeeeeeeese more.
1. SMILING MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER
If you are having a bad day and everything is going wrong, try smiling. I know you’ll feel like
a maniac smiling for nothing and in the worst of conditions but it’ll be worth it believe me.
When you smile you create an illusion for yourself (think Rancho’s “all is well” in 3 Idiots).
You start feeling better and when you feel better, you do better. So when life hits hard, just
smile your way back up!
2. SMILING IS INFECTIOUS
You are in a room with 20 smiling people, would you sit down there frowning? Of course not.
No matter how hard you try, you’ll always answer a smile with a smile. If you are one of those
people who always strive to make the people you care about feel good and happy, then just
smile when you are with them and it’ll catch up like wild fire.
3. A SMILE MAKES YOU MORE APPROACHABLE
Smiling is a self-sufficient sign language. People tend to like it and feel appreciated when you
smile at them while exchanging a greeting or during a casual banter. When you are in an
alien place and want some help, you always approach a smiling face isn’t it? A friendly smile
won’t only improve your social life but also will ensure better success in the professional field.
4. IT MAKES YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE
As the contemporary saying goes- “Smile. You never know who is falling in love with it.” The
best part of our faces is our smile. I mean haven’t you seen Julia Roberts’ smile? When she
smiles it’s seems like she is straight from the heavens! Ditch the pricey make up kits and just go
smile at the camera, you won’t be disappointed.
5. THE BIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES
Scientifically speaking, when you smile neurotransmitters called endorphins are released.
Endorphins are the happiness generators. The more you smile the more endorphins you have
and the happier you are.
Smiling also decreases the level of cortisol in our body. Cortisol is the stress indicator. The less
you smile the more cortisol you have and the more stressed you are.
As the Irish says, “Here’s wishing you the smiles o’ life and not a single grumble.”
- Shakshi Singh