Enjoy 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.
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.