Sunday, May 11, 2008

Smiles, it makes us Happy

Smiles, it makes everyone Happy

What happens when you smile.

  1. The muscles of the face crease, massaging underlying blood vessels and stimulating blood flow and the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.

2. The stress relieving hormones, nor-adrenaline and cortisol, are released.

  1. Those happy hormones, called endorphins, whiz around your body.

We smile for a gaggle of reasons. But primarily it is a bonding mechanism, a social skill we learn as babies.

"The human baby is too weak to cling to its mother for hours on end. Crying will attract its mother's attention. But smiling will keep her attention.

As we grow older we smile in sympathy, in greeting, in apology, in appreciation. It is undoubtedly the most important bonding signal we have. But why do we also smile at inopportune moments?

Smiling is an appeasement gesture, a signal to others that you are friend rather than foe.. It is a weapon against depression, producing the same feel-good factor that comes after exercise, sex, or laughter.

Some experts even say that if you make yourself smile, you'll feel happier.






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