By Rachid Acim
By Rachid Acim
Rabat – A very recent study conducted by a group of psychologists of the University of Kansas have concluded that a genuine smile where your eyes and mouth muscles are engaged can be both healthy and beneficial for you as it alleviates many episodes of your stress.
“Age old adages, such as ‘grin and bear it’ have suggested smiling to be not only an important nonverbal indicator of happiness but also wishfully promotes smiling as a panacea for life’s stressful events,” says Tara Kraft, a psychological scientist. “We wanted to examine whether these adages had scientific merit; whether smiling could have real health-relevant benefits. ”
Another study led by a group of researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center found out that people suffering from heart disease are less likely to smile and laugh than people without this illness. Thus, they suggested that there might be a close link between smiling and heart health.
No doubt, human health benefits a lot from smiles, the striking of which is that a smile can lenghten one’s life, foster one’s success and leads to confidence.
Psychologists set forth that a smile can send out a myriad of positive signals. If you behold a girl and she smiles for you, then her smile is a token of admiration and satisfaction. Don’t hesitate to talk to her more politely.
“A study has shown that when a woman establishes eye-contact with a man, she is approached 20% of the time. Yet, when the same woman adds a sweet smile on her face, she is approached by men 60% of the time. ”
“People who smile are often friendlier, have a better sense of humor and are more socially engaging, ” says YouBeauty Psychology Advisor Art Markman.
Besides attraction and admiration, a smile can help one relax, a fact which helps the immune system to function much better. It can lower blood pressure and elevate one’s mood. Plus, it can decrease mental stress and keep the brain alert.
Mark Stibich, a consultant at Columbia University, affirms that a smile can act as a stress relief.
If the body needs physical exercises very often, then the face needs the smile. Many people would convicingly argue that the smile makes one look younger than his/her real age. It can bring back one’s delight and adds up to his/her cheerfulness.
Indeed, those who smile feel more comfortable and successful in the activities they animate to others. Even if they don’t know their audiences well, they are more likely to get more positive feedbacks from them.
Experience has demonstrated that public speakers who don’t smile run the risk of making their public bored and exhausted. Scowls, frowns and grimaces can push the public away from you. A smile, on the contrary, can bring them closer to you.
A smiling person is said to lighten up the space s/he is in, alter completely the bad temper of others and make them look more hopeful and happier. After all, it’s cheap and effortless. Why don’t you smile!
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