An article by Edit Value

Science states the one smile is all it takes to improve your mood, energy, and overall health. According to the study “Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being”, led by Luke Seward, smiling causes a rise in endorphins, dopamine and serotonin – the hormones of happiness! – leading to feelings of relaxation and happiness overall. Besides, while the release of endorphins is increased, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced, helping us feel less anxious and more relaxed. Smiling not only induces a positive impact to mental well-being, but also contributes to improved physical health as it is correlated with low heart rates and blood pressure.

And the best part? We can trick our brain to stimulate these neural connections just by smiling! Our brain does not know the difference between a fake or real smile, and by doing so more often you will feel happier, and become more likely to smile and laugh more spontaneously. This phenomenon is known as the “Facial Feedback Hypothesis” and is a strategy adopted by ballerinas, musicians, athletes, lawyers during a trial, lecturers, and many others that must present in front of an audience. They all smile not because they are confident, but because it helps them to relax and stay focused.

So why not start smiling more at work? If you start smiling more, it is very likely that your colleagues start smiling as well, as it is shown that smiling is very contagious. This is even more significant if you have a leadership role in your company: Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that people in a low-power position tend to mimic the smile of a person with a higher status. Therefore, smiling at work can prompt a less stressed team, with less anxious co-workers and with healthier people, creating in the long run a company without presenteeism and absenteeism.

Thus, “one smile a day make the disease go away”. Just smile and watch how it makes you fell. Let’s try it?