1. Smiling is Contagious
Studies show that seeing someone smile activates a part of your brain that controls facial movement, encouraging you to smile back. Even in difficult situations, if you give someone a smile they are likely to reciprocate. Be the smiley person around the office and see how you brighten up the atmosphere.
2. Smiling reduces stress
You may not feel like smiling when you’re stressed or anxious but one study found that participants recovering from a stressful situation had a lower heart rate if they smiled. Next time you experience a particularly stressful moment, take five minutes to yourself in the bathroom and practice smiling in the mirror. You might feel...