Did you know that 74% of adults believe that an unattractive smile could negatively affect career success? Have you heard that a whopping 99.7% of adults also consider a smile the crucial social aspect of communication and bonding?
An honest smile is a key that opens every door, so you’d better start working on showing off those shiny pearls. After all, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
1. It makes you happy
You’re feeling kinda blue, aren’t you? You are not in the mood to crack a smile, and even if you do, it doesn’t look genuine. Well, here’s some news for you: smiling actually affects your body. Science has shown smiling can reduce pain and increase endurance.
Finding a reason to smile regularly is good for your heart and it also makes you look younger. All in all, if you are feeling down, try watching those funny YouTube clips as smiling decreases stress and helps your body recover.
2. It makes you more attractive
This one’s not about you. It’s about “them” – all those potential better halves. A genuine smile will not only make you look younger, as we’ve already mentioned, but it will also make you more attractive.
Some research has shown it can even lead to love at first sight! Half of the people around the world state that smile is the most memorable feature on every new meet up and the statistics have shown a nice smile increases the odds of a second date by a significant margin.
3. It makes you more approachable
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Here’s something everybody knows – smiling is contagious. You think it’s a coincidence that those social butterflies have no problem to find the reason to grin? It’s far more likely you’ll acquire more friends if you are on a smiling side.
A research done by Yale has shown that women smile more than men in every sphere of life.
So, who knows, if you slap on that grin more regularly, maybe a passing acquaintance you interact with daily at work or in your neighborhood will become a close friend.
4. It strengthens the bonds
But, how does smiling affect relationships with people you are already close with? What about your spouse, family members, and lifelong friends?
One of the defining characteristics of a relationship is consistency. If a relationship is stuck in the rut of bad moods and annoyances, introducing a smile every time you see the person again will work wonders.
It is an absolute guarantee that, no matter how stale your relationship has become, they will start returning those smiles after a very short while. You just have to stay committed.
5. Manage your smile – manage your career
Let’s go back to what we’ve mentioned in the introduction. People with nice smiles have an overall 10-15% more of a chance to get the job, get that desired promotion, and earn more. Taking care of that smile is not a joke.
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If you take all of the above into consideration, you have no excuse not to smile! There’s an old saying that goes “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight”, so that’s why you should do your best and smile each day away.
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Peter is a men's grooming & fashion writer at High Street Gent magazine from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.