It's Good for You

Evette Gallardo, Staff Writer, Editor

When life gets you down, you know what you got to do?




Now before you go on to ask, ‘how’s that supposed to help?’ Think about what smiling does to your body; your brain for that matter. Smiling can be really good for you, it’s a pivotal part of your daily life. Here’s why it’s important for you to smile.


A smile can be so effective. It’s like throwing a rock in a pond and watching the little ripples come after. According to an article by the Huffpost, “Emotions may originate in the brain, but the muscles in the face either reinforce or transform those feelings. Recent studies have revealed that through the enhancement of positive emotions — or the suppression of negative ones — with facial expressions, a person’s mood begins to align more strongly with the emotion his or her face is communicating.”


It is a known fact that smiling is contagious. It’s like a wildfire; once you light the match, it can cause such a huge impact and effect on so many people or maybe even just one person. But not only is it contagious, it’s beautiful too! Whether you want to believe it or not; your smile is beautiful and it makes others smile too. An article, by Sarah Stevenson on Psychology Today states, “Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neutral messaging that benefits your health and happiness.”


Smiling also makes you seem more trustworthy. An article by the NCBI says, “facial attractiveness is associated with a variety of positive social characteristics including trustworthiness. Variations in smiling, such as the appearance of the Duchenne marker and increased intensity of expression, have likewise been linked with positive judgments of trustworthiness.” So the next time you go and apply for that job, make sure you crack a smile here and there. It shows that your approachable as well.


I think one of the main reasons to smile is to just alter those negative emotions inside and try to make yourself feel a little better. Take it from the Huffpost, ‘Smiling actually retrains your brain for the better. While the brain is naturally inclined to think in negative terms as a defense mechanism, the habitual act of smiling helps the mind move to a more positive space and remain there longer the more you do it. According to Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, by making smiling a part of our everyday practice, we help our brains create happiness loops that encourage more positive-thinking patterns.’


Now I know it’s going to be hard but, take it from someone who knows what it’s like, to feel like the world is hurdling nothing but rocks your way. There will be bad days, some worse than others, but don’t worry; I get that. And that is completely fine to feel that way. Sometimes you just can’t seem to kill the beast and whip out that sword carved into your lips, I get that too. Just know that when you do feel this way and life seems to be throwing boulders your way now; there’s almost always going to be someone there to root for you. Take it from me, a while back I fell into a really dark hole. It actually felt like a never ending loophole of sadness and anger. But with help I got out of it. Now I don’t really know where I’m actually going with this, but what I think I’m trying to say is; whatever you’re going through now will pass as time goes by and maybe it won’t, I can’t predict the future. But I can say that if you start now and work on yourself and take time to put yourself first, it will be okay in the near future.


So, go out into the world and you crack those lips into a full crescent moon and you show off that darn beautiful smile. Even if it’s fake, flaunt that fake smile because one day it will be genuine and filled with so much happiness.


Trust me.