Today, October 1st, is smile day, and it's good to know the 10 benefits of smiling.
Improves skin quality
When we smile, the amount that enters our lungs multiplies, which improves the oxygenation of the blood and increases the concentration of collagen. Skin health improves, looks smoother and aging is delayed.
Laughter causes the diaphragm to perform a gentle internal massage that reduces the fatty acids of the digestive system, thus improving intestinal function and avoiding constipation.
Improve your physical attractiveness
In today's society where image plays a very important role, the physical appearance of people becomes the starting point for interpersonal relationships and self-esteem. Taking into account that the aesthetics of the body and especially that of the face are very important for the profile that each person projects, the smile is considered as the main letter of introduction.
Scientists have calculated that an hour of laughter can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of weight lifting, in addition, it speeds up the heart rate and increases blood flow throughout the body.
It's certainly one of the best ways to burn calories effortlessly: laughing for 15 minutes can burn 10 to 40 calories. In addition, this activity produces serotonin, a hormone that can reduce appetite.
Smiling offers a cheerful look. This aspect makes us more attractive and reliable, which helps us strengthen our relationships with those around us because it brings us closer to others.
Smiling is associated with the reduction of stress-causing hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and dopamine. In addition, the smile favors:
- the release of neuropeptides that are neurotransmitters that help neurons work better and we can think more clearly.
- the Releasing a hormone called serotonin helps lift your spirits and ward off negative thoughts.
- And if that were not enough, it releases endorphins, which are the so-called "happiness hormones", which help fight stress and cope with complicated situations and are powerful natural analgesics.
Generate positive moods
Smiling not only makes you happy, but it also sends the signal to those around you that you are a social, trustworthy, and close person. And it is also evolutionarily contagious. In short: when you smile, you feel good. When others see you, they smile too. And when they smile, they feel good.
Helps you sleep better
Smiling causes the body to feel calmer and more relaxed, because it decreases stress: Since it reduces the level of cortisol in the body, one of the hormones that cause anxiety, in addition to relaxing the muscular system and releasing tension. For this reason, relaxing the body both physically and mentally contributes to better sleep.
There are studies that suggest that smiling can increase our life expectancy. Of course, this does not mean that it is the cause of living longer, but that it is one of the multiple factors that is associated.
For example, it is very likely that a person who smiles more is because he enjoys more satisfying social interactions, that he enjoys greater health, a work environment that satisfies him, etc. Therefore, laughter could be associated with longevity as a measure of our quality of life, "says the doctor. Of course, our longevity and health depend on many factors, and it cannot be associated only with smiling more, but what is certain is that it helps.
So why not give it a chance to laugh more and try to be happier?