If You Don't Feel it... Fake It!

Studies show that the positive effects of smiling occur whether or not the smile is genuine. In fact, the simple gesture of putting a smile on you face can create a happier feeling for you and others around you. Even if you did not mean it when you did it, the simple intention of it speaks to your subconscious and your physical body feels positive effects on a cellular level.

A smile is a gift we can give to others and it will also benefit us. The simple act of smiling exercises 15 to 26 facial muscles, relieves stress and increases the production of endorphins that act as natural pain killers, and increases serotonin levels that regulates your mood. Smiling increases feelings of well-being and optimism and it appears that a smile gives the same stimulation as eating 2000 chocolate bars, according to Dr. Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation. That fact alone is enough to make me smile.