1. Why did the Mona Lisa become one of the most famous
paintings of all time? That’s a question an incredible
amount of people have asked themselves in the past. And one possible
answer is this: because of her unique
The science of smiling: What happens to our brain when we smile?
3. Let’s say you experience
a positive situation
, and you see a friend you haven’t met in a long time. This means that neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain
to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle
carries the signal
further towards the smiling muscles in your face.
4. And yet, that’s only where it starts. Once the smiling muscles in our face contract
, there is a positive feedback loop
that now goes back to the brain
and reinforces our feeling of joy. To put it more succinctly
: “Smiling stimulates our brain
mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match
5. Smiling seems to give us the same happiness
that exercising induces, in terms of how our brain
responds. In short: our brain
feels good and tells us to smile. We smile and tell our brain
it feels good and so forth. That’s why in a recent research study
, scientists concluded: “that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash.”
7. Smiling reduces stress
that your body and mind
feel, almost similar
to getting good sleep, according
studies. And smiling helps to generate
emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around young children – they smile more. On average
, they do so 400 times a day. Whilst happy people still smile 40-50 times a day, the average
of us only does so 20 times.
• In a famous study
of yearbooks, they tracked the lives of women who had the best smiles in yearbook photos compared to the rest. Women who smiled the most lived happier lives, happier marriages, and had fewer setbacks.
• A baseball card study
also found a clear correlation
between how big a smile someone
made on a baseball card photo and how long they would live. The people who smiled the
most turned out to live 7 years longer than those who didn’t.
Smiling breeds trust, makes you happier, and helps you to live longer!