Smile is the greatest expression that lets other people know that you are feeling good about yourself and others. It is also a good way to reduce stress and make you look at your best.

Here are the health benefits of smiling:

1. It makes you look good

Aside from its ability to make you feel good, smiling also helps to make you look good and attractive. A smile is infectious and we are drawn to people who smile and avoid those who just look at us with a poker face.

2. It helps to improve our mood

A smile helps to make our mood better in times that we are feeling down about a situation or an event.  

3. Smiles are infectious

When you smile at someone, there's a good chance that the person you're smiling at will smile back at you.  Smiles are contagious and they help to ease tensions in a stressful environment.

4. It helps to relieve stress

Even when you're weary or tired after a hard day's work, a smile can make you look and feel better.  It helps to reduce stress.  When you smile even in stressful situations, you will be able to ease the tension that you're feeling especially when people around you will respond by smiling back.

5. It helps to improve your immune system

Smiling is believed to have a positive effect on the immune system it makes you more relaxed.  Your immune system functions at its best when you have a relaxed mind and body.

6. It helps to lower your blood pressure

The relaxing effect of a smile can help to lower blood pressure.  Stress has been seen as one of the causes of hypertension.  When people smile, the body and mind cooperate by making you more relaxed.  This can translate to a lower blood pressure which is good for your overall health.

7. Smiling is a natural pain killer

Smiling stimulates your pituitary glands to release endorphins, the happy hormones which also act as natural pain killers.

8. Smiling helps to delay aging

The 17 muscles that we use when we smile works to lift our faces, thus it helps to delay the sagging of the skin on our faces as we age.  The 42 muscles that work together when we frown all cause the skin our faces to sag and make us look older than our actual age.

There are actually no risks involved in smiling.  All it can bring to us are benefits which include friendship and good health.  You should smile as often as you can.  It's free.

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