10 good reasons to smile as often as possible
smile - not just sign of good humor and fun. For others it is also a signal of our goodwill, regrets or attracts people to us.
We collected ten evidence that smiling is better than a frown.
1. credible surrounding
In a world where every man for himself, whom we trust? Yes, those smiles. They send us a signal that we can rely on them and deal with them. It is believed that such people are happy to share what else with others - and in the opinion of the financiers, and even cause generosity. According to the study Economical Sharleman Jorn (Jorn Scharlemann), smiling confidence increases by 10%. For example, after seeing a photo of a smiling partner, people are more willing to enter into financial transactions.
2 smoothes our failures
Forgot to buy a gift for an anniversary love with your loved one? Out of my head the name of an important client or partner? Accidentally stepped on the foot a little child? Typically, in such situations, we embarrassed smile, drop the eyes, sometimes publish a silly laugh. Such a reaction on our part makes others a sense of camaraderie that makes it easier to forgive our small mistakes (and sometimes serious misconduct).
3. It is better to feel
Sometimes a smile - is a sign of courtesy. And it is not showing it, we risk to regret it. For example, if your friend has suddenly found a coupon code for a small amount, and much will be pleased, you are unlikely to be able to share his feelings completely. Still smile, just because it's polite. Specialist Boston College LyaFrans Marianne (Marianne LaFrance) conducted an experiment asked participants to listen to other people's good news with stony faces. As it turned out, this behavior causes the discomfort: causes people to worry that they give the impression of those who can not be happy for others. By the way, more about the woman concerned.
4. Forget about the sorrows
there is a so-called feedback hypothesis in psychology. Its essence is this: how emotions affect our facial expression, the same way, and facial expression affects our emotions. And this means that sometimes just a smile is enough to lift your mood and feel happy. Although, as you know, is not under any circumstances a smile can be the appropriate and correctly interpreted by others.
5. penetrate into the essence of things
Nervously, we become less careful, seeing only what is happening right before us, and notice only ideas at the center of our consciousness. But often a solution is just on the periphery.
Smile. This will help you not only feel better, but also to be careful and think more holistically. They say, to see the forest and not the trees. The study showed that participants who smiled before starting the test, it is better to cope with the tasks on mindfulness.
6. Look attractive
Women smile has a magical effect on the opposite sex. As experience has shown, conducted by Debra Walsh (Debra G. Walsh) and Jay Hewitt (Jay Hewitt), a woman establishes eye contact with a man, it fit in 20% of cases. When it while still smiling, she is interested in 60% of cases. That is a smile makes a woman in the eyes of men more attractive. But if this rule works in reverse - the big question. According to some experts, the smaller man smiles, the more masculine he looks. Sometimes I give more attracted not a happy smile and unconcealed pride or shame.
7. To hide our thoughts
Sometimes with the help of a smile, we try to hide his sad thoughts, joyless mood or that we disliked the source and / or a topic of conversation. Most psychologists are convinced that sincere smile never lies. How is it detected? It is believed that the false "involved" only the corners of the mouth, and at present - which is called the Duchenne smile - and even corners of the eyes (although some studies cast doubt, that it can not "fake"). Another sign of sincerity is believed if a person just breaks into a smile, not a "don" it instantly. In addition, the "slow" smile is more credible and seem more attractive.
8. Make money
We have already mentioned the research of economists, who estimated a smile to plus 10% of the trust. But can you feel its advantage in terms of money? According to Katie Tiddo (Kathi Tidd) and Joana Lokarda (Joan Lockard), it is: in 1978, they found that the smiling waitresses leave bigger tips.
In general, the service sector (hotel business, restaurants, air transportation, entertainment) staff implies a certain emotion when dealing with customers. Psychologists call this "emotional labor" and warn that regularly portraying the feelings that you are actually at this moment do not feel, you pave a straight road to burnout.
9. Calling a smile all over the world
Yet heard the expression: "Smile and the world will smile with you. Cry - and you will weep alone. " It is clear that "the whole world" - this is an exaggeration, but a quarter of a century ago, the study found Verlin Hinsz (Verlin B. Hinsz) and Tomhev Judith (Judith A. Tomhave), this phrase is not devoid of meaning: a smile a smile answered 50% "subjects". But the scowl in response to virtually no one.
10. Longer life
If none of these studies have been made you smile, think about the fact that it prolongs life. Here's proof: a baseball team was photographed in 1952. Smiling pictured athletes survived his comrades by an average of seven years. Is not it a reason to smile?