You might think smiling is just a way to acknowledge people when you pass by, give approval, or let someone know you’re happy. However, there is a lot more power behind a smile than you think. Smiling can benefit you and those you come into contact with on so many different levels as you will soon learn.

While you may not realize it, the way the human body behaves actually has a lot to do with our emotions. For example, if you maintain a good posture and stride you are more likely to feel more energized than someone who slouches and has a sluggish pace. Keeping this in mind, we can have a profound effect on the way we feel emotionally just by putting a smile on. Try it out! Any time during the day you feel your mood sinking, or you get irritated or frustrated by something, just start beaming that beautiful smile! Smiling can also help alleviate stress, so keep a photo that makes you smile nearby or have a go-to happy thought or memory to utilize when you feel the stress building.

Keeping a smile on your face also helps others perceive you in a more positive way. A smile sends a message to those you’re communicating with that you are trustworthy and genuinely interested in them. A smile also helps boost the moods of those you’re interacting with or simply passing on the street or in the hall. If you find yourself in a stressful or uncomfortable situation with a group of people, smiling will not only make you feel better, but you’ll make everyone else feel more comfortable to.

If these benefits aren’t enough to convince you to start smiling, it might make you happy to learn that using your facial muscles to smile can actually make you appear younger! Plus the more you smile the more you can tighten these muscles, not only making it easier to smile more but keeps you looking fit and healthy too!