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health insider: smile and LIVE A LONGER, HAPPIER life

Nikki Yazxhi

smile and live longer


Did you know that children smile a whopping 400 times a day, while one third of adults smile just 20 times a day?

When we’re happy we smile, but the opposite is also true. The act of smiling makes you feel better.

We’re evolutionarily engineered to mimic smiles, so they really are contagious. It’s very difficult to frown when you’re looking at someone who’s smiling.

What about fake smiles? People may think they’re good at faking smiles, but even human beings are even better at identifying them. There’s no real hallmark of fake smiles, but if you mimic someone’s
smile you’ll be able to tell if it’s real or not.

Are certain smiles more attractive than others? It’s interesting—in America we tend to show our upper teeth when we smile, while in Great Britain the cultural norm is to show your lower teeth. But no, there’s no one smile that’s universally the most attractive. However, big beaming smiles are associated with good health and even a higher quality of life.

So there are health benefits to smiling?  One study showed a positive correlation between beaming smiles and the quality of marriage. Another showed that baseball players who smiled big on trading cards lived an average of almost 80 years, while those who didn’t smile lived 72.9 years.

The size of your smile can say a lot about your overall well being ~ so smile BIG! : )

{Source: body+soul / Pic: Marie Claire}


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