We all might have heard by someone, at least once in our life, “Cheer up and smile”. But less anyone of us might have thought that is smiling an enough act to cheer us up? Is it that important to turn up our mood? Is it all needed to make our moment happy?
Well… YES! Today science has the proofs for these old quotes we mention at different times to buck someone up.
Although our brain is referred to as the smartest of all the machines we know, still our body can trick our brain into some situations even if they are fake. For example, If we pretend to smile , our mind may not be able to identify is it genuine or fake. It will react same in both the cases. So only pretending to smile may help to reduce our stress and convince us that we are happy.
When your muscles under the eyes and your jaw line expands in opposite direction, brain recognise it as humour or smile and a smile spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain hormones including dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. It lowers blood pressure, increases immunity and hence increases life.
A study performed by a group at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that people who could not frown due to botox injections were happier on average than those who could frown. (This is because the botox injection adds extra muscle under the eyes to make the skin smoother, tighter and harder. Hence loosing the ability to frown properly.)
Why smile alone? You better make your smile contagious. If one person observes another person smile, mirror neurons in that person’s brain will light up as if he were smiling himself. So, smile in private if you must but why not extend that benefit to those around you by smiling in public.
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