Smiles are contagious. It is hard not to smile back at someone smiling at you. Smiling is also a stress reducer. According to studies, smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, similar to getting a good nights sleep. Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer. Your brain feels good and tells you to smile, you smile and that tells your brain it feels good and so forth. Another one of those positivity be getting positivity scenarios.
Smiling can change our brain, through this powerful feedback loop. Every day your brain keeps track of your smiles. It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in.
On average, children smile over 400 times a day. Whilst happy adults still smile 40-50 times a day, the average, however, is only about 20 times.
So, our goal today is to SMILE a lot!
– Be mindful of your smiles today. Were your smiles self-motivated or due to a reaction from seeing others smile.
– Notice how your body feels when you smile. Does your mental state change, even just for a moment?
– Does smiling get easier as the day goes on?
Make a mental note about this #mindfulmoment and congratulate yourself for being in the present.
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