Smiling more often can help rewire your brain into thinking your experiences are more positive. Smiling releases endorphins, calms you and makes you feel happier. Even if you feel silly at first, let’s make 2018 the year we smile more often! 

Why Smiling More Often Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

There are many good reasons why your smile should be a New Year’s priority! If you haven’t been using yours regularly in 2017, it’s time to say hello to 2018 with a big grin on your face.

Smiling can define you, it can change you and it can make other people look at you completely differently. The right smile at the right time can be the cure for what ails you, and it can even be powerful enough to help other people! Let smiling lead to a new and better you. 

Why Smiling Works

Smiling releases endorphins. These are the same chemicals that get released when you work out or run. They are responsible for the “runner’s high” you may have heard about. Endorphins help you feel accomplished and give you a boost of energy. Flooding your body with a dose of endorphins is as simple as a smile!

Smiling is contagious. When people see you smile, they’re likely to smile too, especially if the smile is directed at them. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! And because smiling can make you feel happy, smiling at others can help them to feel happy too—even if the smile isn’t genuine. Use your smile to help you become more of a people person in 2018!

Smiling has health benefits. Smiling can help make your immune system stronger because of the increased production of white blood cells. A happier mood is also an effective way to achieve better health. It’s much easier for your body to heal and fight infection when you have less stress and anxiety in your life.

How to Get in the Habit of Smiling More Often

  • Smile when you get out of bed. Remember to be thankful for another day.
  • Continue to remind yourself throughout the morning to keep smiling.
  • Set reminders on your phone to smile during the day.
  • Create cues to smile. You can pick your own cues, but an example would be to smile every time you walk in a door. Or, smile every time you are cooking. Pick your cues and then use them as reminders.
  • Think happy thoughts. 
  • Smile at everyone you see today! And continue to do so everyday.

It’s never too late to start smiling! Make 2018 the year that shines.