Smiling is not only the universal language of kindness but also a sign of peace.
No matter who you are, where you are, or how old you are, a smile can bridge the gap between cultures, age groups, and all walks of life. In one full swipe across the face, a smile can disarm aggression and hostility, open the door to better communication, create meaningful connections, and strengthen bonds.
Smiling is also an easy tool to shift your mindset. Scientists say smiling creates a happiness feedback loop in the brain. When we smile, our facial muscles fire a signal back to the brain, which increases levels of happy hormones, called endorphins. The loop: When our brain feels happy, we smile. When we smile, our brain feels happier.
Thanks to this feedback loop, we can alter our brain's emotional processing pathway to feel happier with a simple smile. Smiling also helps reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and heart rate. (“What's the Science Behind a Smile?" BritishCouncil.org)
Lastly, smiling can boost your overall health. Smiling helps the immune system function more effectively. It's thought that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (thanks to the release of certain neurotransmitters).
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