Want to feel better? Who have you looked in the eye and shared a smile with today? Really need a lift? Maybe try encouraging a stranger to laugh?
People are 30 times more likely to laugh and be happy when around others. “Laughter was 30 times more frequent in social than solitary situations” according to Psychology Today. Everyone knows laughter is good medicine. Boosts of endorphins and other good stuff helps humans flourish.
Many people know smiling also releases chemicals that make us feel good. But it even works if you don’t feel like smiling! In short, “…slight distortion in their [face muscle] shape leads to an increase in blood flow into the frontal lobes of the brain and increases in the release of dopamine” also from Psychology Today. So, even ‘fake’ smiles trick your brain into to thinking they are real smiles and it makes us feel good anyway! Fascinating.
Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone had a goal to look someone in the eye and smile and then helped them to also smile or even got them to laugh at least 3 times every day?