Enjoy A Smile… They Are Contagious

enjoyEnjoy a smile…they are contagious.  We all have those days when we just can’t seem to elevate our moods, but when we see someone smiling, we quickly perk up.  What is it about seeing a smile that lights up our soul?  There is truly something physical about it.

Smiling sets off endorphins in our brain, even for the person receiving the smile. It’s hard not to light up when someone else is outshining the sun.

According to Psychology Today, in a Swedish study, subjects who were shown pictures of smiling people, began to mirror the smiles, proving that smiles are contagious.

Smiling not only lightens a mood, but smiling also makes you look better. Some people deem you more trustworthy and approachable, and that doesn’t even include the benefits for your health.  This study from PubMed shows the results from hospitalized children after a puppet show.

Even a tea kettle needs to let off a little steam occasionally, but smiling can almost instantly change that miffed mood to one of lightheartedness and cheer.

So the next time you are feeling a little blue, enjoy a smile…they are contagious.

 

Smiling is Contagious

I seen a smile

And couldn’t bear

To turn my head away.

Magnetic fields

Inside my brain

Then mirrored that display.

My sullen frown

Turned right side up;

I had no other choice-

When looking at

This lovely smile,

My face had to rejoice.

BG Jenkins

© 2015

Call To Action for Today:  SMILE and Share One With a Friend!

Live 2 Inspire

BG Jenkins

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BG is a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 3, and a former realtor living in South Texas. Her current ventures are in the area of affiliate marketing, writing, and spending time with her family.

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BG is a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 3, and a former realtor living in South Texas. Her current ventures are in the area of affiliate marketing, writing, and spending time with her family.

3 thoughts on “Enjoy A Smile… They Are Contagious”

  1. Here’s a smile from me plus one for each of your readers to use. A stock of them come in handy 🙂

    I love laughing baby videos, I can’t help but laugh along.

    You’ve given me an idea too. I give my son a hug and then some more in case he runs out. I’m going to do the same with smiles so he can use them at times he starts feeling anxious when at his day center.
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