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The Power of Smiling

Everyone loves to smile. Or, at least, everyone should! Whether it’s a young child scoffing sweets, or an elderly relative remembering the golden oldies, everybody does it. However, smiling isn’t just a expression of joy – it’s also a cognitive reflex to positive aspects of life that release endorphins, dopamine and serotonin – making you feel physically better! Happiness makes you smile, and smiling makes you happier – it’s a positive feedback loop that just keeps on giving! Take a look at what smiling really means to you and those around you.

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The Power of Smiling

  2. 2. Smiles are a universal greeting. They make you look more pleasant and trustworthy, as well as releasing endorphins - making you feel better too! Smiling is very important for our wellbeing, as people who smile live longer, are less stressed and more successful in life! Take a look at the benefits hidden in the corners of your mouth, and turn that frown upside down - because when you smile, the whole world smiles with you!
  3. 3. Why Do We Smile? POSITIVITY Releases endorphins. The more you smile, the better you feel! REFLEX Reflex reaction to pleasant situations JOY It’s an expression of joy
  4. 4. Which Muscles Do We Use?A genuine smile uses all the superficial muscles for a full face workout! Forehead (Frontalis muscle) Eyelids (Orbicularis occuli) Corners of the mouth (Zygotmaticus major) Upper lip (Upper obicularis oris) Neck (Platysma muscle) Lower lip (Mentalis muscle) Jaw (Masseter muscle) Cheeks (Buccinator muscle) Nostrils (Levator labil superioris) Nose (Procerus muscle)
  5. 5. Fake vs. Real Smiles80% of people can fake a smile, but there are obvious differences REAL (DUCHENNE) Genuine smiles take half a second to spread across the face, starting with the crinkles in the eyes, creating laughter lines, that spread to the cheeks and lips. Lines around the eyes Raised cheeks Dimples
  6. 6. Fake vs. Real Smiles80% of people can fake a smile, but there are obvious differences FAKE SMILE Social smiles only involve the corners of the mouth. These are also known as “Pan-Am” or Botox smiles, as lots of people mimick the same fake smile.
  7. 7. What do Other Smiles Mean? Tight-lipped smile: concealing a secret Sneer: a sign of sarcasm or contempt Drop jaw smile: fake laughter or joyfulness Turn away smile: shows vulnerability and femeninity
  8. 8. Health Benefits of Smiling OWCH! MORE SUCCESSFUL On average smilers are more contented and successful PAIN THRESHOLD Smiling reduces effects of pain and aggression LIVE LONGER Smiling can add 7 years to your life!
  9. 9. Health Benefits of Smiling STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM Boosts HGH production and reduces cancer risk REDUCES STRESS Neuropeptides are released, lowering blood pressure and anxiety
  10. 10. How Many Times a Day do we Smile? CHILDREN AVERAGE ADULTS HAPPY PEOPLE
  11. 11. Smiling by Numbers ATTRACTIVENESS A beaming smile makes you more attractive. 71% of woman and 58% of men rate a smile as the most desirable feature in a partner. MEMORABLE 24% of people said that a smile is the facial feature they remember most when meeting people.
  12. 12. Smiling by Numbers AMERICANS SMILE MORE! Americans smile the most across cultures, Russians the least. The “Pan-American” smile however, may not always be a genuine smile. MEMORABLE More than 50% of people will return a smile, proving smiling is contagious and good for those around you.
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