The science of smiling: A guide to human’s most powerful gesture
Why did the Mona Lisa become one of the most famous paintings of all time? That’s a question an incredible amount of people have asked themselves in the past. And one possible answer is this: because of her unique smile.
Notes that the smile is known as the expression representing the most intense positive state of emotion.
For a smile to emerge on your face, neural pathways fire, traveling from the brain's cortex to the stem. Neural impulses then transmit the signals to the cranial and facial muscles causing you to smile.
The smile, however, does not end with the curvuture of the mouth. The smile triggers neural impulses that fire back to the brain, creating a positive feedback loop. This generates further positive emotion. So, the brain tells your muscles to smile, and a report is sent back to the brain which causes further positive emotion and reinforces the smiling.
Few rewards stimulate the mind more intensely than a smile, not even chocolate or exercise. The positive effects are many, including a reduction in stress throughout your body and brain, similar in some ways to getting a good sleep, studies have demonstrated.
Children smile more often than adults, and this is one of the reasons we enjoy being around them. They smile frequently which causes us to smile more. Small children average about 400 smiles in a day, while a happy adult only smiles 40 - 50 times. The true average is closer to 20 per day, which may say a lot about the high levels of depression in adults.
Smiling does more than simply demonstrate or cause joy. It decreases stress hormones that affect our body and mind in unhealthy ways. Smiles rid our bodies of negative hormones.
One interesting note is that, of course, smiles can be faked, but humans are able to detect them, and the fake smiles do not have the powerful physiological effects that true smiles create.
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