Laughter is the Best Medicine – 15 Fascinating Facts About Smiling

October 27, 2012 by  
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Everyone loves the quote “laughter is the best medicine,” and as a nurse, I have experienced the benefits of smiling and laughter with my patients.

In fact, smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system.

Keep reading for more fascinating facts about our smiles.

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1. Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood:
Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.

2. It boosts your immune system:
Smiling really can improve your physical health, too.
Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.

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3. Smiles are Contagious:
It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say.
In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.

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4. Smiles Relieve Stress:
Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it.

This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.

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5.  It’s easier to smile than to frown:
Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile.

6.  It’s a Universal Sign of Happiness:
While handshakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.

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7. We still smile at work:
While we smile less at work than we do at home, 30% of subjects in a research study smiled five to 20 times a day, and 28% smiled over 20 times per day at the office.

8. Smiles use from 5 to 53 facial muscles:
Just smiling can require your body to use up to 53 muscles, but some smiles only use 5 muscle movements.

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9.  Babies are born with the ability to smile:
Babies learn a lot of behaviours and sounds from watching the people around them, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability, since even blind babies smile.

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10. Smiling helps you get promoted:
Smiles make a person seem more attractive, sociable and confident, and people who smile more are more likely to get a promotion.

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11. Smiles are the most easily recognizable facial expression:
People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression.

12.  Women smile More than Men:
Generally, women smile more than men, but when they participate in similar work or social roles, they smile the same amount.

This finding leads scientists to believe that gender roles are quite flexible.
Boy babies, though, do smile less than girl babies, who also make more eye contact.

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13. Smiles are more attractive than makeup:
A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.

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14.  There are 19 different types of smiles:
UC-San Francisco researcher identified 19 types of smiles and put them into two categories:
polite “social” smiles which engage fewer muscles, and sincere “felt” smiles that use more muscles on both sides of the face.

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15. Babies start smiling as newborns:
Most doctors believe that real smiles occur when babies are awake at the age of four-to-six weeks, but babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they’re born.

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Even If you think after the reading the whole article that there is no reason to smile and life is hopeless…
I wanna introduce you to the author of all smiles…

Yes..He is Christ Jesus Our Lord and Saviour.

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He is Smiling at You… He is eagerly waiting to hug you.. and that love which you receive at that moment… no human can comprehend.. and the joy that proceeds out of it is indescribable..

Come Give Christ a Hug…
Be filled with Joy…

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You will have eternal joy.. Yes.. eternal laughter and eternal fun…
Knowing the Author of all Smiles.. Will lead you into the valley of eternal Smile and laughter

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Look at His Face.. He is smiling at you…My Child… He wants you to come to Him.. so that He can impart the laughter you are longing for…
He will carry you in His arms and He will never leave you nor forsake you...

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Run into His outstretched arms.. He is waiting.. the only reason He is delaying His return is that.. You will repent of your sins and turn to Him..
It’s time dear friend… Don’t delay it…

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The Joy of the Lord will become your strength and you will smile at all times.. Yes at all times..
I Pray that You shall be filled with the Joy of the Holy Spirit and thereby continue to impart the contagious joy to all around….

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– fwd: hazel remedios

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