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There are many reasons to have a great smile. Not only does a great smile make you stand out from the crowd: but it also improves your health, lowers your stress level, and increases your attractiveness. So smile!

1. Smiling Makes You Attractive To Others.

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. You want to get to know a smiling person because being around them makes you feel good. Frowns, scowls, and grimaces all push people away, giving the message of “Don’t bother me! Stay away!” A smile draws people to you by inviting them to share in your happiness.

2. Smiling Changes Your Mood.

Next time you are feeling down, lift your head and smile. Your mood will change for the better. Smiling helps you tell your body that life is good and you are happy to be here.

3. Smiling Is Contagious.

When you meet someone who is smiling, it makes you also want to smile. When someone is smiling they light up the room, changing the mood of others – making things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them when they enter a room. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress.

Stress shows up in your muscles, especially those of the face, shoulders, and neck. Smiling prevents you from looking and feeling tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress will be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action to change the situation.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System.

When you smile your body responds by boosting your immune system and your ability to fight infections. So smiling more often can help you reduce your chances of getting the flu and colds.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure.

If you don’t believe that smiling reduces your blood pressure give this a try. If you have a blood pressure monitor at home find one and sit for a few minutes thinking of a stressful situation in your life. Now take your blood pressure. Next, sit in a quiet room, perhaps even meditate. Smile for a minute and take another blood pressure reading while still smiling. You will notice that your blood pressure will in all likelihood be lower. If not, find yourself a funny movie or a comedian you enjoy listening to. Laugh. Laugh lots. Laugh again. And find someone to laugh with. If this doesn’t work, just move to point 7.

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, (Natural Pain Suppressors).

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, making you feel good and suppressing your perception of pain. By smiling you release the original and safe ‘happy’ drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger.

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making you look and feel younger. Use a natural facelift, just keep smiling throughout the day — you’ll feel better and you’ll look great.

9. Smiling Makes You Appear More Successful.

Smiling people appear more confident, more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached by someone who would like to meet them. Putting on a smile at meetings, appointments, and when you go out makes people want to know you. Even if it doesn’t, they will be wondering why you are smiling.

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive.

Try this: Smile. Now try to think of something sad without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending a message that “Life is Great”. By smiling more, you will feel more upbeat and less likely to be depressed or stressed. There is a song that says “When you smile the whole world smiles with you”. Did you know that it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown? If this is not enough reason to smile did you know that a smile is also nature’s way of bringing joy to you and those around you? A smile also boosts your health and tells others that you are someone they want to know. With a smile, you invite people to share in your world and they respond by inviting you to share in theirs. A smile is the universal language of friendshipand courtship saying “I like you” and a smile returned says “ I like you too” in any language. How important is a smile? It may be the most important thing of all.

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