Do you usually keep a straight face or are you the kind of person that always has a smile on their face? If you’re the first kind, you may want to start smiling more often. There are several benefits to being a smiley person, both for your own wellbeing and your social relationships. A smile can go a long way in many situations.

Release of endorphins and serotonin for better mood

Every time you smile, even if it’s not a genuine and spontaneous smile, your brain releases a series of molecules and neurotransmitters. Neuropeptides help fight off stress while dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins can make you feel happier. Endorphins in particular are chemicals that act similarly to a pain killer while serotonin is an antidepressant. Studies have shown how facial expressions, in this case smiling, can have an impact on our mood.

While a smile may not make you instantly feel happy, smiling more often can only benefit your mental and even physical health.

Better relationships

Smiling more can improve your personal relationships. Be it your romantic relationship, your friendships, or even your work relationships, smiling more can have beneficial effects. 

Smiling can also help you make new relationships as people are more attracted to positive emotions and these are made obvious when you smile genuinely. But do make sure to not fake a smile in front of other people as they can very often perceive it as insincere. 

According to psychological research, regulating negative emotions while sharing more positive ones can have an important impact on marital relationships. 

The bottom line is, smiling more, and doing it like you mean it, can improve all your relationships, from the ones with your loved ones to new ones just forming. 

Longer life

Smiling lowers the heart rate and reduces blood pressure. It also reduces serum cortisol levels, meaning that you feel less stressed. Lower levels of stress and a healthy heart can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing and can lead to a longer life. Many studies have shown how happier and optimistic people can live longer. This is because happiness and optimism can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, improve lung health, and even reduce the risk of cancer and infection. Since smiling can make you feel happier, it’s a good idea to do more of it! We all want to live longer after all.