Smiling is not only a mood booster. It helps our brain to release endorphins and serotonin, causing positive emotions.
There are many benefits of smiling.
- Younger appearance.
- Better relationships.
- Stronger immune system.
- Reduce stress.
- Reduce pain.
- Increase endurance.
- Reduce blood pressure.
How does smiling effect the brain ?
Smiling activates tiny molecules in the brain that are designed to fend off stress. These molecules, called neuropeptides, facilitate communication between neurons in the brain. Also when you smile, your brain releases dopamine, endorphins and serotonin.
Does fake smiling release endorphins ?
Fakind a smile or laugh works as well as the real thing. The brain doesn’t differentiate between real or fake as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way. This is known as the facial feedback hypothesis.