Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers that also counteract stress, and serotonin, a substance that makes you feel good. Smiling may also increase immune function, extend your longevity, reduce your blood pressure, and increase focus and productivity.
When you smile on a daily basis you gradually retrain your brain to create happiness loops so you’ll naturally think more positively too. And that will increase your resilience to stress as well.
Who can resist a smile? When you flash a genuine smile and use your eyes to connect with others, they’ll smile back at least half the time. The simple gift of your smile will invite them to enjoy the stress-reducing benefits of smiling too. Your smile could make a profound difference in someone’s day.
Doesn’t smiling make you feel better as well?
Often we barely notice the person next to us because we’re lost in our inner world of thoughts and emotions. But often that just brings more stress and worry. Get out of your head and share a smile instead. You’ll feel better when you do.
The world needs kindness now more than ever. You can help, starting with your smile.
Monthly Stress Challenge
This month, whenever you see someone, use it as an opportunity to smile. Look at the person softly and smile in a relaxed way. To receive the positive effects, make it a genuine smile that engages the muscles in the mouth, cheeks, and eyes.
You could even smile when you’re alone. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!
Do you make it a practice to smile everyday? I would love to hear.
There’s a new stress challenge at the beginning of each month.
Thank you for being here. If you enjoyed this stress tip, please share it with others, every share makes a big difference. Thank you! May you be well, happy, and safe – always. With love, Sandra