In Wikipedia a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth and by flexing muscles throughout the mouth.[1]

Smiling is good for you

Smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans. In fact, smiling correlates with greater trust, greater financial earnings, and increased interpersonal cooperation[2]. A smile tends to convey respect, patience, empathy, hospitality and compassion. Research also reports that people receive more help when they smile. Even the smile of a stranger produces more “Good Samaritan” effects on the receiver[3]. When you smile, even memory retrieval of your name is enhanced as is shown in neuroscience research[4].

Top 10 reasons to smile

  1. It makes you attractive.
  2. It changes your mood.
  3. It is contagious.
  4. It relieves stress.
  5. It boosts your immune system.
  6. It lowers your blood pressure.
  7. It releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin – natural antidepressant.
  8. It lifts the face and makes you look younger.
  9. It makes you seem successful.
  10. It helps you stay positive.

  1. ^ Freitas-Magalhães, A.; Castro, E. (2009). "The Neuropsychophysogical Construction of the Human Smile". In Freitas-Magalhães, A. Emotional Expression: The Brain and The Face. Porto: University Fernando Pessoa Press. pp. 1–18. ISBN 978-989-643-034-4. 
  2. ^ Godoy, R.; et al. (2005). "Do smiles have a face value? Panel evidence from Amazonian Indians". Journal of Economic Psychology 26 (4): 469–490. doi:10.1016/j.joep.2004.10.004. 
  3. ^ Guéguen, N.; De Gaila, Marie‐Agnès (2003). "The effect of smiling on helping behavior: Smiling and good Samaritan behavior". Communication Reports 16 (2): 133–140. doi:10.1080/08934210309384496. 
  4. ^ Tsukiura, T.; Cabeza, R. (2008). "Orbifrontal and hippocampal contributions to memory for face-name associations: The rewarding power of a smile". Neuropsychologia 46 (9): 2310–2319. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2008.03.013. 

Smiling is infectious You catch it like the 'flu. When someone smiled at me today I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner And someone saw my grin, And when he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile Then realized its worth, A single smile, just like mine, Could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin, Don't leave it undetected, Let's start an epidemic quick And get the world infected!

Keep the smile going by sending this on to a friend.. Everyone needs a smile!