So it’s no surprise that we here at Smile TV are big proponents of smiling (it’s kind of a given). But let’s just say, theoretically, you’d ask the question of why should someone put forth the “effort” of curling those lips into a grin or smile?
While I’m inclined to just say “because,” that wouldn’t be very convincing, would it? Nor would a simple “smiling makes me happy, and it makes everyone I know happy, and hey, why not take a quick 5 minutes out of the day to smile and be happy” be completely appropriate as an answer either.
If you really need a scientific explanation, you could look at how some researchers have looked into the interconnection of smiling with happiness. It all started when Charles Darwin proposed that facial expressions were the cause, rather than reflection, of emotions. In fact, the muscles in the face that stretch and tighten during a smile actually alter brain chemistry. I know that sounds really weird, but it’s at the heart of award winning psychologist, Robert Zajonc’s, research, which has been published in numerous places, including The New York Times.
But smiling isn’t just related to the study of the brain; after all, doctors have discovered that smiling can actually reduce stress and anxiety, lower your blood pressure, and, believe it or not, boost your immune system! And yes, I am serious, so if your body’s been out of shape with that all-too-common cold, then perhaps a bit of smiling could help your body coax that virus out.
What if you don’t know how to smile? Well for starters, I’d like to shake your hand, because it’d be my pleasure and honor to meet a space alien. Everyone smiles! Even if for some strange reason you think you don’t smile, I got news for you: you do!
Smiling is part of human nature. It’s universally acknowledged and recognized among all cultures regardless of language. I can’t think of anything else that is as important and ingrained! So if you can’t think of any other reason to smile, then just remember that smiling is practicing the world’s first unspoken language.