A Collection of Web Pages About How Smiling Benefits You
Can Smiling Change Your Mood? Science Says It Just Might, So Give It A Shot
If you were never allowed to frown again, do you think you would live a happier life? As it turns out, smiling can change your mood all on its own…More at http://elitedaily.com
Smiling can trick your brain into happiness — and boost your health
A smile spurs a powerful chemical reaction in the brain that can make you feel happier.
Ever had someone tell you to cheer up and smile? It’s probably not the most welcomed advice, especially when you’re feeling sick, tired or just plain down in the dumps. But there’s actually good reason to turn that frown upside down, corny as it sounds…More at http://nbcnews.com
Why Faking a Smile Is a Good Thing
Even fake smiles reduce stress
We think of our face as reflecting our internal emotions, but that linkage works both ways – we can change our emotional state by altering our facial expression!
Pasting a smile on your face, even if you are consciously faking it, can improve your mood and reduce stress…More at http://forbes.com
The Power of a Smile — How Smiling Can Change Your Mood
How does this work?
Well, the brain is pretty in tune with your body, and in this case certain muscle/nerve stimuli from you face (namely, the zygomatic major, the muscle necessary for you to smile) signal to the brain that you’re probably pretty stoked about something…More at http://medium.com
Benefits of smiling | NeuroNation
We need to smile more because everyone likes being smiled at. Smiling and laughing boost well-being, but as we make the transition from childhood to adulthood, we often forget to smile as much as we used to.
Here we talk about the benefits of a smile and what you can do to get in the mood more often…More at http://neuronation.com
There’s Magic in Your Smile | Psychology Today Canada
Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.
Values are what bring distinction to your life. You don’t find them, you choose them. And when you do, you’re on the path to fulfillment.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” —Thich Nhat Hanh…More at http://psychologytoday.com
Smiling helps boost your mood, increase happiness and lower stress
Smiling comes naturally when you’re happy, an outward expression of the joy within. In fact, the physical act of putting on a smile seems to be a mood booster.
Why? Studies suggest that smiling activates areas of the brain associated with reward and triggers release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Smiling also appears to stimulate responses in areas of the brain involving cognition and emotional processing…More at http://expertbeacon.com
How Smiling Changes Your Brain
If you smile often enough, you end up rewiring your brain to make positive patterns more often than it does negative ones.
Shawn Achor dubs retraining our “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” as “The Positive Tetris Effect” in his book The Happiness Advantage…More at http://fastcompany.com
Does smiling make you happy? | HowStuffWorks
Can smiling make you happy? Take a look at research and explanations behind whether or not smiling can make you happy.
Smiling doesn’t seem like a particularly complicated act: You feel a happy emotion, the corners of your mouth turn up, your cheeks lift and your eyes crinkle…More at http://science.howstuffworks.com