A million-dollar smile is not one that is accompanied with perfect teeth and plump lips. A million-dollar smile is one that is contagious. Some days can be kind of rough, but when you are greeted with a smile, your mood changes into a pleasant one. Those mood changes that come from smiling are not coincidental, they are a result of chemical reactions in our bodies. Check out these awesome benefits of smiling:

THE WHY’S

  1. Smiling can boost your mood and reduce stress by increasing endorphins and lowering cortisol!
  2. Lower stress means a stronger immune system.
  3. Smiling can make you appear more attractive and approachable!
  4. It’ll get other people smiling at you! About half of the people you smile at will smile back.

THE HOW’S

  1. Take a few seconds every day to smile. Even if you flash a more forced smile, your brain recognizes the muscle movement and it can lead to you feeling genuinely happy.
  2. Spend time with family and friends! While you’re with them, make jokes and enjoy light-hearted conversations.
  3. Compliment a stranger and make someone feel good. Making someone smile will always put a smile on your face.
  4. Think happy thoughts. Practice positive thinking and you will begin to notice a difference!