Thursday, April 3, 2008

how many muscles does it take to smile

You've probably heard it too, they said it takes a lot of muscles to frown but way less when you smile. But how many exactly? I've been browsing the net hoping to get the answer but I wasn't successful.

Anyway, if it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown then why do we usually find frowning a much easy way to do? Hmmmmmm...

To encourage you to smile, here's a list of Top 10 Reasons To Smile from Mark Stibich, Ph.D.:

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.

1. Smiling makes us attractive.
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them in.

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood.
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling is Contagious.
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress.
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System.
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

1 comment:

Patricia Rockwell said...

I believe also I have read that it is easier to smile than to frown (from the standpoint of number of muscles used).