Mother Teresa once said “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” We have been smiling all our lives. And to some degree, we already possess the inherent knowledge that smiling not only feels good but it actually does good too.
It's #WorldSmileDay, so we just had to share some of the greatest grins that Battersea has to offer – they're from our wonderful staffies, of course. 😍 Post a picture of your pet's winning smile below and spread the joy! 💙 pic.twitter.com/Q7nEOXi5M7
— Battersea (@Battersea_) October 5, 2018
Yet many of us shy from smiling as often as we ought to. I’m not the one to judge; we all have our own problems to deal with in life. But way too often, we actually punish ourselves by choosing not to smile when we really should be smiling our brains off!
So, the next time you get the opportunity to smile, just smile, and enjoy all that positivity it spawns. If you’re not convinced, well here below are reasons you should be.
Doesn't matter who you are, what you speak, where you belong to, there is a common language we all speak – our #SmileSaysItAll. So, this #WorldSmileDay, let's smile together. pic.twitter.com/37BltkR9Wm
— Tata Group (@TataCompanies) October 5, 2018
Whether you feel like smiling or not, there are at least 11 benefits that can improve your health and life success.
1. Smiling reduces stress and anxiety.
2. Smiling releases the “feel-good” hormones called endorphins from your brain.
3. Smiling helps control pain.
4. Smiling strengthens your immune system.
5. Smiling makes you perform better.
— TIMES WOW 🌀 (@TimesWow) October 5, 2018
6. Smiling may help you feel more comfortable in social settings.
7. Smiling makes you appear more trustworthy.
8. Smiling puts others at ease.
9. Smiling helps you be a better leader.
10. Smiling can help you stay positive
11. Smiling helps with business success.
— Sharann Deol (@SharannDeol) October 5, 2018
Whether you use the Smile Stick (I have no affiliation with the company) or just force a big grin, smiling is a no-cost wellness tool that can improve your life.
Even better, smiling has been shown to be contagious, and you can help the health of others by walking into a room with a big smile.
Marilyn Monroe said, “Keep on smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about.” The science would add that it is beneficial to smile big, even if life isn’t so beautiful at the moment, and your luck may turn around for the better.