Today is World Smile Day!

Today, the first Friday of October, is World Smile Day. But why should we celebrate this simple gesture and why is it so important to smile?

Did you know that, on average, a child smiles 400 times a day? That seems like a lot when we compare this number to adults’, who only smile 20 times a day!

Today I would like to explain to you why we should make an effort to smile more and how this can significantly change our lives for the better!

Smiling makes you happier

It seems strange, but it’s true! Not only do you smile when you are happy, but if you try to smile when you are sad, suddenly, your mood improves! In fact, when we smile, our brain releases endorphins, which are stress-reducing hormones. This also happens when we make a conscious effort to smile. By doing so, we trick our brain into believing that we are in a pleasant situation.

So the next time you are uncomfortable, nervous or simply bored, try smiling and you will see that your mood will change immediately!

When is World Smile Day celebrated?

It is celebrated every first Friday of October, so on October 2nd, 2020, and next year on October 1st, 2021.

Smiling makes you more attractive

Pay attention to this every time you find someone attractive or inspiring, because they are probably smiling! This is because smiling is contagious and therefore we tend to feel comfortable around a smiling person. So why not use this trick to be the attractive person in the room? Try it for yourself!

This is a good reason to smile every day and not only on World Smile Day 🙂

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Smiling strengthens your immune system

It has been shown that, when we smile, we not only produce endorphins, but also more white blood cells than usual, which protect us from bacteria and viruses. So the more we smile, the stronger our body becomes against diseases!

Smiling makes you more productive

Well, it seems that smiling not only improves your mood and health, but also your career!

This was demonstrated by research conducted in 2010 by Andrew Oswald, professor of economics at Warwick Business School. According to this research, people who smile most frequently are much more productive and creative employees.

But it doesn’t matter whether you’re an employee or a freelancer, if you smile, others around you will smile too and it will be easier to work together and achieve the desired results. That’s why smiling also makes you a better leader.

Smiling makes you more confident

As we have seen, smiling makes you more attractive, which automatically makes you even more confident. This is not only when you smile, but in the long term. If you smile often, people around you will tend to trust and respect you. You will then become aware that you are a person worthy of respect, you will like yourself more and be more satisfied with yourself.

All this simply by smiling! A gesture so small but at the same time so powerful!

Conclusion

Smiling is not only a reaction to a pleasant situation, but also a means to turn an unpleasant situation into a pleasant one! It also improves our health, our relationships with others and even our performance at work! And all this for free and with minimal effort.

Try it out for yourself, starting with World Smile Day!

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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