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The Science of Smiling

The Science of SmilingHopefully, we all make smiling a part of our daily routine. If not, turn that frown upside down. Not only is smiling just plain fun, but scientists now say it has loads of health benefits. 

Our brain’s natural tendency is to think negative thoughts. However, scientists say that if you smile often enough, you can actually rewire your brain to follow a positive path more often. Thinking positive thoughts (“I am going to have a great day today!”) helps, too! 

It won’t happen overnight. After all, we’re talking about retraining your brain. But, just like anything else, the more you practice smiling, the easier it becomes. Plus, you get the added effects of an instant mood boost and a reduced stress level. If that’s not enough reason to get your grin on, smiling also makes you appear more likeable, polite and capable. And, better yet, smiling is free!

But, let’s face it. We all have days where we just don’t feel like smiling. On those days, follow this familiar catchphrase: Fake it ’til you make it.