The expressions on your face serve as first contact in letting others know about your mood and how you feel. Smiles can be helpful indicators and a good way to tell those around you how you feel. Mastering the perfect smile for you can be an asset in photos and when making a first impression. Smiles have also been known to influence moods for the better and increase creativity and productivity.
I don’t always feel like smiling, and sometimes smiles just aren’t appropriate. However, some moments call for a smile and genuine smiles are contagious and encouraging. When the situation I am in calls for a smile, I take a moment to experience genuine emotions and laugh to bring a smile to my face.
Take time out of your day to smile in your own way, follow the tips below for suggestions, and read the benefits for all of the added bonuses you will gain.
Tips for the perfect smile:
- Laugh first. A friend taught me that the perfect smile is how your face rests after a good laugh. I thought he was completely ridiculous, until I tried it myself. You would not believe how naturally happy I looked.
- Let your eyes smile! Eye contact, and eyes that express a smile-worthy emotion, are the key to a genuine smile. If at first this is difficult, imagine your smile reaching upward toward your eyes and then relax your face.
- Show your teeth. Many people are self conscious and shy about showing their teeth, but a big genuine smile often includes some pearly whites. Try opening your mouth slightly when smiling with your teeth, this will add depth and will feel more natural.
- Redirect your point of view. Changing the way you think about things can give you more to smile about. Taking time to be mindful of joy and remember times of joy before conversations can help increase genuine smiles.
Some of the benefits of smiling include:
- Smiling can improve your mood.
- Even fake smiles can do the trick.
- Smiling helps reduce stress.
- Smiling makes you more approachable.
- Smiling retrains your brain.
- Smiling boosts your productivity.
- Smiling strengthens your muscles.
- Smiling increases creativity.
Benefits of Smiling: Huffington Post