A smile is our superpower
A smile is an action by which we demonstrate the relaxation of an individual through non-verbal and facial communications and feelings such as security, playfulness, relaxation, joy, happiness, love, peace, comfort, pleasure and so on. A smile is inherent in the human species and may or may not be related to a humorous, fun and witty situation at the moment. A smile is often an automatic reaction to a harmless and unpredictable situation that has surprised us.
The very act of laughing improves our mood, strengthens our immunity and relieves us of stress – and these are just some of the superpowers hidden behind a smile, a universal sign of happiness, friendship and good intentions.
“We laughed even before we were born”
Although babies learn most things by observing their surroundings and the people around them, laughing is not one of them. Babies are born with the ability to smile! Even babies born blind smile when they hear a human voice. Kids laugh up to 400 times a day!
A smile is one of the basic, biologically unique expressions of all people in the world.
It has been proven that a smile in all cultures of the world has a unique meaning.
A smile is the most common form of communication
A smile is the most recognizable facial expression in the world. But this emotion is not only the most recognizable, it is also the most common. More than 30% of adults laugh more than 20 times a day, and less than 14% laugh less than five times a day.
Laughter is contagious, and research has shown that respondents simply have no control over their facial muscles when someone around them laughs.
Laughing is healthy
Laughter is the strongest antidote to stress, and laughing 100 times a day is just as effective as 15 minutes of cycling. In addition to improving mood which automatically reduces stress levels, laughing helps your body fight infections, reduces pain and strengthens the immune system.
A smile sends a signal to the brain of positive emotions that create a feeling of comfort and satisfaction. This activates the release of neuropeptides that act in the fight against stress, which enable communication with neural networks. In other words, when we laugh, the whole body receives a message of happiness and contentment, and at the same time secretes the known hormones of happiness, ie the neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin.
Endorphins (a natural ‘painkiller’) have this wonderful ability to give us a sense of happiness, and when we laugh, they are released in our brain. So, even if you are not happy when you start laughing, it is quite certain that you will be much happier and that you will feel better after just a few moments.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
How does laugh affect the body?
Scientific studies have proven that people are prettier when they laugh and look younger. When you smile, people treat you differently. They view you as attractive, confident, relaxed and honest individuals.
Numerous other studies have confirmed that both men and women are more attracted to images of people making eye contact and laughing, compared to those who did not. Humor generally reduces stress, relaxes and sheds more positive light on the situation you are in. He is also a consumer of energy, and research has shown that just a few minutes of laughter activates as many muscles in the body as a few minutes of cycling. It increases your heart rate and deepens your breathing, and in addition to relaxing, you also lose calories. Therefore, do not forget to add laughter to your healthy lifestyle – the results will be great.
How does laught affect the people around you?
Did you know that laughing is contagious? The part of your brain that is responsible for recognizing emotional nonverbal messages, after recognizing a smile, automatically (unconsciously) takes it over and in response to the one who laughs. In other words, if you smile at someone, that person probably won’t be able to restrain themselves without laughing at you. Interesting, isn’t it?