6 Smile Facts in Honor of Power of a Smile Day

It’s finally here: Power of a Smile Day (June 15th)! Did you even know there was such a thing? While I know you all practice your smiling skills every day, today we should all be especially conscious of our smiles. Maybe take this day to hand out a happy note or two at the same time!

Here are a 6 fun smile facts:

6 Smile Facts

6 Smile Facts

#1 Smiling releases endorphins. These endorphins relieve stress and help you feel better.

#2 Smiling is known as an expression of happiness and acceptance across all cultures.

#3 Smiling is contagious. A Swedish study found that people had trouble frowning when they looked at other people who were smiling. Their muscles twitched into smiling on their own!

#4 Babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they’re born. Smiling is something that comes naturally and isn’t learned.

#5 Smiling can reduce your blood pressure. Researchers found that when subjects smiled continuously for a minute, their blood pressure decreased.

#6 There are 19 types of smiles expressing different emotions. From heart-felt smiles to polite smiles, we can express ourselves in 19 different ways just by smiling.

Did you know any or all of these facts? Will you celebrate Power of a Smile Day with us? Let me know in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “6 Smile Facts in Honor of Power of a Smile Day

  1. I definitely feel a smile is a wonderful accessory to one’s face! The research which you have probably covered before, says that even if you don’t feel like smiling, by doing so, you begin to be happier! Take care, Robin

  2. I am constantly speaking about the importance of smiling. I was asked to speak to a group of angry young men. I asked them to play simon says…with some grumbling and sugestions from the police officer….i asked them to smile for 1 minute. By the end we were all laughing and everyone had a great happy time.

    • Apparently a UC-San Francisco researcher identified 19 types of smiles and put them into two categories: polite “social” smiles which engage fewer muscles, and sincere “felt” smiles that use more muscles on both sides of the face.

      • I would agree with thatbas a people watcher. My daughter’s sincere smile starts with her eyes.

  3. Reblogged this on Perspectives of a Student Teacher and commented:
    Power of a Smile Day may have been over 5 days ago but surely everyday we should be smiling?! One smile to a stranger could change that whole persons day which in turn could change 100s of peoples days from mediocre to plain old jolly. Imagine the impact if we smiled at 5, nay! 10 strangers today and how great we will feel in return – and look much younger!

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