The Scientific Reasons Why You Should Smile

Have you ever had one of those days when you’ve over slept the alarm and your running late for college or work, had an argument with a loved one or struggled to get through the day? It can be tough to say the least to plaster a smile on your face when you are feeling under the weather.

Smiling in general can have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing, and is backed up by scientific evidence. Studies have shown that smiling can actually rewire your brain to create a more positive pattern. Even when your going through a rough time, by just smiling you will notice that happy changes will start to occur, both internally and externally, an can have a positive effect on all areas of your life.

Below are some reasons why you should share with the world your amazing smile!

Smiles are contagious

It may sound corny, but it’s true; Smiles are contagious. So if you smile at someone, they’ll most likely smile, too, and all the positive effects of smiling will be transferred to them.

The more you smile, the more you counteract your brain’s tendency to be negative

Your brain is actually aware of you smiling. When you smile, your brain keeps track, so the more you smile, the more effective you are at breaking the brain’s natural tendency to think negatively.

Boosting your productivity

The benefits of putting a smile on your face in the office or at college don’t begin and end with a mood boost. That dose of happiness can help make you a more productive employee or student as well. Research has found that happiness has a significant and casual effect on productivity. Just as the positive emotions prove invigorating, negative ones are equally draining.

Smiles are free!!!

This all-round mood booster is one of the few available to you each day at no cost whatsoever. So why not take advantage of your own power to create happiness.

Smiling breeds trust

People who sport genuine and warm smiles are considered more trustworthy, more likeable and more competent that people who do not. Trustworthiness, in turn can translate into more success in your career and relationships.


Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.

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One thought on “The Scientific Reasons Why You Should Smile

  1. I love Thich Nhat Hanh’s commentary on this exact truth! He says: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.” 🙂

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