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The Power of A Smile


Did you know that a simple smile holds within it the keys to both joy and good health? Beyond being just a friendly gesture, smiles hold an extraordinary power that goes far beyond the corners of our lips. Scientific research shows that when we smile, our bodies release good feeling chemicals called endorphins, which act as natural painkillers and even reduce stress. Not only this, but smiling also boosts our immune system by increasing the production of antibodies that help fight off bad illness. So, next time you flash someone a smile, remember that you’re not just being polite—you’re also giving them and yourselves a dose of good health.

Schools pose a threat to children’s mental health and usually are one of the main causes for their mental health deterioration. It may feel pointless to smile when you don’t want to, but even if you don’t feel the need, smiling is 100% worth it. Smiling is one of the most common ways to trick your brain. When you’re smiling your brain automatically assumes that you are happy so it in turn produces more endorphins (which is a chemical that relieves stress and physical pain.) When your body lets out these good chemicals it reduces a ton of the stress that has been built up from school. So next time you are feeling a little down don’t be scared to fake it and trick your brain into doing wonders.

You may not realize this but smiling is such a good habit for you to start not only for your mental health but also to abolish those other bad habits you have. Smiles are scientifically proven to improve your mental and physical health but most people use adverse things for that outcome instead.

One way to think about it is comparing it to what happens when you’re feeling stressed out and eat chocolate. Did you ever wonder why chocolate, despite all of its sugar, can be calming. Like smiling, eating chocolate causes a release of some of a chemical in your brain called dopamine that makes you feel good. Immediately, you may have lower blood pressure as it relaxes your body. Unfortunately, if we rely on chocolate for too much of our dopamine, there is a good chance we will end up with high blood pressure and obesity in the long term. But, with smiling, there are no bad side effects. So, smiling is much better for you. so next time you are leaning towards a piece of chocolate try a smile instead.

Smiling is way more powerful than you probably thought. Not only increasing your presentability it decreases mental health problems, high blood pressure, bad habits, stress, and much more. So next time you feel a little down don’t be scared to trick your brain into a little happiness.

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