A person’s greatest wealth is his/her smile. Smiling is the most effective message we give to others. The strength of the impact that smiling has on communications has been demonstrated in many studies.
Physical health benefits of smiling
It ensures relaxation of the whole body, relieves tension, and reduces stress by relaxing muscles up to 45 minutes later. It strengthens the immune system, decreases stress hormones, and improves resistance to diseases by increasing immune system cells and infection-fighting antibodies. It increases the body chemical, endorphin, which makes a person feel good.
Endorphin supports the feeling of being healthy and reduces short-term pain. A study has demonstrated that people who laugh for 15 minutes tolerate pain better by 10%. Laughing protects the heart. It provides a protective effect against heart attack and cardiovascular diseases by enhancing the function of blood vessels and blood flow. Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 10 minutes of intensive exercise and 15 minutes of cycling. Laughing prolongs life. In a study in the 65 to 85-year-old study group, 55% less deaths have been observed in people who are able to look positively and like laughing as compared to pessimistic people.
Mental health benefits of smiling
It increases the joy of life. It reduces fear and anxiety. It heals the state of mind. It strengthens memory and enhances learning.
Social benefits of smiling
It strengthens relationships. It calms conflicts. It ensures socialization. Laughter is the best medicine for both physical and mental health. And it is costless. Start the day with a laugh and smiling at those around us will make both us and them feel good. Then what are we waiting for? Let's smile.