How Smiling Increases Your Lifespan

How Smiling Can Increase Your Lifespan

It sounds too good to be true, right? That positive disposition you’ve had on the world your entire life pays off in the end—rather, in delaying the end. Researchers at Wayne State University, Michigan, specifically studied photographs from 230 major league baseball players. More than that, these went back to 1952 to show the brevity of their claims.

In this particular study, they paid close attention to statistics on each player. Weight, marital status, age—you name is. Through various points of their r, they concluded that the “no smile” group had lived, on average, for seven fewer years than the “wide smile” group.

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Whether we have an overly-optimistic attitude and outlook on life or the lack thereof provided from high stress and extreme levels of anxiety, our smiles come from somewhere, right? When the entire world is on your mind, how can you laugh and smile so easily? In a study of 1,700 people, the findings revealed that those suffering from anxiety and depression were more likely to experience high blood pressure and clogged arteries. In all aspects, smiling improves your overall health and wellbeing.

Smiling Is A Workout

When they say it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, they’re not kidding. However, a resting frown doesn’t take nearly as much work as flashing hundreds of smiles throughout the day. You work out muscles in not only your cheeks but your core, all from smiling mixed with laughter.

Charles Darwin, in his work the Facial Feedback Response Theory, suggested that smiling makes us feel better, not just look better. Apart from his take on the subject, numerous investigators have scrutinized the effect of smiling.

A study at Penn State University confirmed that people identify us as more competent, courteous and likable people to others when we smile. It is a contagious feeling; happiness breeds happiness, and the best way we show that to one another is through smiling.

The Math Behind It

On a scientific note, when you smile, neuropeptides release all across your brain; it’s a biochemical response that allows your body to ward off stress. They’re essentially molecules which allow the communication of neurons, sending positive stimuli across your entire body. They react in any sense; anger, depression, excitement, but one can manipulate this process. When you smile, the three big players in chemical and biological happiness are released: serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine.

Implement This In Your Life

Laugh when you feel like crying. There’s absolutely nothing better to lift the blues away than look at a situation with a sense of humor. It has the actual potential, especially depending on your life expectancy, to add a decade or more to your life.

Rid yourself of toxic people. When that pessimist is hanging over your head like a black cloud, they’re not helping you one bit. Either talk with them or make some radical changes in your life so you can enjoy your happiness.

Live life positively. If you’re a cynic, or overly sarcastic, try toning it down a bit. In time, you’ll hear less harsh comments in the back of your mind and have a more positive outlook on life. Positivity and smiles go hand-in-hand.

Living a less stressful life is only a smile away.


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