What makes this one of the world’s most irresistible icons?

Children were often told by their grandmothers to ‘put on happy face’, ‘wear a big smile’ and ‘show your pearly whites’ when meeting someone new because Grandma knew, on an intuitive level, it would produce a positive reaction in others.

Smiling is a Submission Signal

Smiling and laughing are universally considered to be signals that show a person is happy. Smiling serves as a medium to tell others that you are not threatening and ask them to accept you on a personal level. Lack of smiling explains why many dominant individuals always seems to look grumpy or aggressive and are rarely seen smiling- they simply don’t want to appear in any way submissive. Research also shows that an apology offered with a smile incurs a lesser penalty than an apology without one.

Why Smiling is Contagious

The remarkable thing about a smile is that when you give it to someone, it causes them to reciprocate by returning the smile, even when you are both using fake smiles J. There is a mirror neuron in the brain that triggers the part that is responsible for the recognition of faces and expressions and causes an instant mirroring reaction. In other words, weather we realize it or not, we automatically copy the facial expressions we see.

The more you smile, the positive reaction others will give you

How A Smile Tricks The Brain

The ability to decode smiles appears to be hardwired into the brain as an aid to survival. Because smiling is essentially a submission signal. Your brain actually pays attention to what your body is doing, and it affects your emotions. This was first called the “facial feedback hypothesis”, but it applies to more than just muscles of the face. The good news is that while it’s sometimes hard to control our emotions, it’s much easier to control our muscles. So to teach you how to use your body to trick your brain, I’ll be releasing a series of quick tips for boosting your happiness, tranquility and confidence.

Practicing The Fake Smile

Most people cannot consciously differentiate between a fake smile and a real one, and most of us are content if someone is imply smiling at us – regardless of whether it is real or fake. Because smiling is just a disarming gesture, most people wrongly assume that it is a favorite of liars. When people deliberately lie, most especially men, smile less than they usually do. This is because liars realize that most people associate smiling with lying so they intentionally decrease their smiles.

Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

As with smiling, when laughter is incorporated as a permanent part of who you are, it attracts friends, improves health and extends life. When we laugh, every organ in the body is effected in a positive way. Our breathing quickens, which exercise the diaphragm, neck stomach, face and shoulders. Laughter increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, which not only helps healing and improves circulation, it also expands the blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. This is why people go red in the face when they laugh. It also lower the heart rate, dilate the arteries, stimulate the appetite and burn up calories. One minute of solid laughter provides up to 45 minutes of subsequent relaxation. 100 laughs will give your body an aerobic workout equal to that of a ten-minute session on a rowing machine.

Why we should take laughter seriously

Research shows that people who laugh or smile, even when they don’t feel especially happy, make part of the ‘happy zones’ in the brain’s left hemisphere surge with electrical activity.  Studies also reveal that humor has a positive impact in counteracting stress.

Laugh till You Cry

Laughter and crying are closely linked from a psychological standpoint. Think of the last time someone told you a joke that made you buckle up with laughter and you could hardly control yourself. How did u feel afterwards? You felt a tingling sensation all over, right? Your brain released endorphin into your system that gave you what was once describes as ‘natural high’.  One reason we are attracted to smiling and laughing faces is because they can actually effect our autonomic nervous system. We smile when we see a smiling face and this releases endorphin into our system. If you are surrounded by miserable, unhappy people you are also likely to mirror their expression and become depressed.

When you smile at another person they will almost always return your smile, which causes positive feelings in both you and them, because of cause and effect. Most encounters run smoothly, last longer, have more positive outcomes and dramatically improve relationships when you make a point of regularly smiling to the point where it becomes the habit.

Evidences shows that smiles and laughter’s build the immune system, defend the body against illness and disease, medicate the body, sell ideas, teach better, attract more friends and hence extends life!


Smiling heals – Keep smiling and spread happiness J

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