While it is (arguably) not as big of a deal as April’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month or National Facial Protection Month or June’s Men’s Health Month, we thought that National Smile Week would be a perfect excuse to celebrate our smiles.
This event takes place on the second week of August, so now seemed as good a time as any to give you a few reasons to smile.
Oh and be sure not to confuse this event with National Smile Month, which is celebrated from mid-May to mid-June each year. And we totally understand that the two events similar-but-not-quite-the-same are super confuse-able.
1. Smiling is good for YOU.
First and foremost, smiling is good for your well-being!
Not only can smiling lift your spirits, it can also relieve stress. And we don’t need to delve into why that is a very good thing, right?! Because, seriously, who doesn’t need their spirits lifted and their stress relieved every once in a while?
2. Smiling makes you feel happier.
Studies have found that intentionally putting on a certain facial expression often leads to genuinely experiencing that emotion, which means that putting on a smile can end up cheering you up. So, if you are not in the mood to smile, fake it. Your feelings will most likely* soon follow suit.
*Several researchers insist that this is only the case if your grin is genuine. But it never hurts to try, especially when smiles are involved.
3. Those around you notice your smile (and that’s a good thing for you and for them).
Okay, this sounds SUPER obvious, but when you are in a funk or are in the middle of an insanely hectic day, thinking about the way that your smile might potentially impact those around you might not top your priority list.
But it should be, since smiling makes you seem more approachable and trustworthy (among other positive traits). Plus, there is some research out there that seems to suggest that smiles are contagious, which means that your smile will inspire others to smile and then they too will begin to experience the benefits that we listed above.