Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you smile? Want to know why? Here are some interesting facts about smiling.
It costs nothing, but creates much.
It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give.
It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None are so rich they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Natureâ€™s best antidote for trouble.
It cannot be bought, bagged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away.
Nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give.
Smiles arenâ€™t just a response to feeling good; they can actually make you feel good.
Smiles can predict success in marriage.
Frequent smilers report greater well-being throughout life.
Smiling not only makes you look more friendly, it actually makes you look more competent.
Itâ€™s easier to smile than to frown: Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Every time you frown, youâ€™re unnecessarily exhausting 43 facial muscles, while smiling only uses 17 muscles.
Itâ€™s a universal sign of happiness: smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
We still smile at work: While we smile less at work than we do at home, 30% of subjects in a research study smiled five to 20 times a day, and 28% smiled over 20 times per day at the office.
Babies are born with the ability to smile: Babies learn a lot of behaviors and sounds from watching the people around them, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability, since even blind babies smile.
Smiles are the most easily recognizable facial expression: People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression.
Women smile more than men: Generally, women smile more than men, but when they participate in similar work or social roles, they smile the same amount. This finding leads scientists to believe that gender roles are quite flexible. Boy babies, though, do smile less than girl babies, who also make more eye contact.
Babies start smiling as newborns: Most doctors believe that real smiles occur when babies are awake at the age of four-to-six weeks, but babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as theyâ€™re born.
There are two types, genuine and fake. Theyâ€™re controlled by separate parts of the brain. In fact, people with brain damage who canâ€™t make themselves smile can still grin spontaneously when theyâ€™re happy.
There are over 18 different types of smiles that are used in a variety of social situations. For instance, people can use a smile to say a hello, and they can also use a different type of smile to show their understanding of a particular situation.
Humans are able to differentiate between a real smile and a fake smile by seeing the difference in a personâ€™s eyes when they smile.