Friday, 21 January 2011

Smile - it's good for you.

If you see someone without a smile, give ‘em yours! ~ Dolly Parton

When we smile we feel better about the world. People receiving our smile feel better about life too. According to a researcher from Lund University in Sweden, mimicking a person’s bodily state or facial expression causes physical responses in the receiver’s body that are identical to those in the sender’s. When people use the muscle groups linked to specific emotions, their body will react as though they are really experiencing that emotion.

Even if you just to pretend to smile by turning up the corners of your mouth and narrowing your eyes, your body will release serotonin, dopamine and other 'feel-good' indicators. A team of researchers in New York have found a connection between your smile and emotional health; even when faking a smile, the muscle movement of smiling triggers an emotional response making you actually feel happier.

When we experience a 'real' smile from someone else, we tend to automatically smile back, even if we don’t know the person.   

Even if the person isn't a person at all.