Natural or fake, each smile tells you something about the person behind it. How often do you smile in a day? Twice, thrice or multiple times, asked speaker, writer, entrepreneur Ron Gutman at his TedTalk about ‘The Hidden Power of Smiling’. According to him, your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live – and a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being.
The psychology of smile has the power to change the energy of your day, and relationships. Here’s how to empower yourself with smile.
- Why you need to smile:
You can either fake it or be a natural. Your smile can be broad, genuine, expressive or spontaneous. You can even have a miserable smile. Says Gutman, “Smiling might make you successful. It stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate — a well-regarded pleasure-inducer — cannot match. British researchers recently found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars.” A recent Penn State University study confirmed that when we smile we appear more likeable and courteous, and perceived to be more competent.
- The Power of a smiley:
The ‘science of smiling’ was discovered by Charles Darwin. He noticed that the cause, consequences and manifestations of smiling are universal. A study by University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) found that smiling makes you look younger and thinner!
- Smile Science:
Why is a smile so powerful? When you smile more, you just let go of the rigidity and irony of life that hold you down. It all comes down to your brain. If you smile often, it rewires your brain to make positive patterns more often than it does negative ones. Author Shawn Anchor of The Happiness Advantage writes, “A smile helps us see more pos
sibilities, it makes us feel more energetic, and allows us to succeed at higher levels.”