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Even a Fake Smile Can Do Good Things

By Tom Herrin

People never really like to see anyone as being insincere about anything.  We often feel like it shows a lack of commitment.  A good smile may accomplish some of the same things whether it is natural or forced.  The bottom line is that the actions used when people smile can affect the entire body in many different ways.  It is almost a matter of reverse sequence.  When people make themselves smile, they could begin a series of actions that can do things anywhere from the physical to social to emotional.

Smiling Can Make People Better Workers

It has long been known that people seem to work more efficiently when they are happy.  Finding enjoyment while engaged in a task can help the time pass without drudgery.  Studies have found that those who smile are more productive.  They are also more likely to be considered for advancements in the workplace.  They tend to lift other workers by their positive attitudes.  Those who smile have also been shown to be more creative.  This can help them to be more effective in solving those problems that may be part of everyday challenges in a job.

It Can Give Them More Appeal

A smile can brighten a room and improve the mood of those there.  Others have a certain amount of trust for those who wear a smile.  When people smile, they can often show greater empathy for others.  When someone feels uncomfortable or insecure, a smile can reassure them that someone else shares their feelings or difficulties.  Men are more likely to approach women who smile than those who make eye contact.  Smiling is also believed to give the appearance of taking three years off a person's age.

It Can Have a Positive Effect on Health

You can actually improve your body functions with a smile.  It can slow the heart rate, allowing the heart to be more efficient.  It can reduce stress that takes such a toll on the body.  It can relax the body, allowing it to have greater ability to respond to external factors that can cause disease.  It can release endorphins that can kill pain.  The benefits are great when you consider the small effort that is required.  One study even found that smiling more can increase longevity as much as seven years.  Another amazing thing is that even a fake smile can begin the process of improvement.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goleta, Calif.

 

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