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Awesome Things That Happen When You Smile

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It’s okay to admit it. Most of us don’t have a whole lot to smile about right now. In the midst of a global pandemic and racial injustices that have provoked global outrage we may feel much more like raising our fists in protest rather than smiling. Plus, there’s nothing more condescending than being told that you’re “so much prettier when you smile”. Yet, while you should never paint on a smile for the gratification of others, a smile can be a powerful thing.

Despite the widespread injustices all over the world, and the devastating death toll from the coronavirus, we owe it to ourselves to create a better reality. And we can start from the inside and work our way out. It all begins with a simple smile. Smile on your own, smile with your friends and family or smile with your partner. As we’ll discuss in this post, a smile does more than just brighten up your face- it brightens up your outlook and can even improve your health…

But I hate my smile!

A smile can be just a small, personal thing for nobody’s benefit but your own. Nonetheless, if you’re not confident in your smile, you’re unlikely to want to share it with the world. And this would do a great disservice to you and the world at large. The good news is that there are lots of ways in which you can improve your smile. You don’t even need to go to the dentist! There are many teeth whitening kits available, as well as teeth straightening invisible braces which can be sent to you in the mail. You can emerge from the lockdown with the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

And when you smile without restraint, some wonderful things happen…

Your stress melts away

Having a stressful day at work? Watch a few minutes of comedy or video chat with someone you love. The smiles that these activities create boost the brain’s production of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. These are the natural feel good chemicals, and our body’s way of rewarding itself (usually after exercise).

Pain fades

Plagued by chronic pain? Stubbed your toe? Burned your hand on the stove? Try and fight the urge to pepper the air with profanities. Instead try and smile through the pain. The chemicals that flood your brain when you smile are actually natural painkillers. So getting into the habit of smiling your way through adversity can help both physical and emotional pain to fade away. 

Your face looks more toned

Have you ever felt your face start to ache from too much laughing and smiling? That’s because a smile is like a mini-workout for the muscles in your face. Smiling can strengthen the facial muscles and potentially make your face look leaner and more toned.

Other people feel happier

You don’t live in a vacuum. When you smile, it can brighten the lives of your friends and family members, even when it’s only seen through the screen of their smartphone. It really is true what they say… smiles are contagious! 

 

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