I want to share with you an article I read in “Big Think” (I will post a link to the page below).
We all know that when you are smiling you are generally happy, but we now have proof that your smiling makes other people happy! When you see someone smiling “Mirror Neurons” are activated in your brain.
When we smile or see another person smile, we mentally simulate that action and feel happier. Just the simple act of smiling triggers a rush of positive neurological activity. You can count on lowering stress and having a new, uplifted mood.
Smiles usually stem from happiness. But it turns out, the opposite is true as well. The act of smiling can boost our dopamine and increase our feeling of happiness.
· Mirror neurons fire when we observe an action performed by another person, mentally simulating that action for ourselves.
· Because of these mirror neurons, studies show that smiling is, in a sense, neurologically contagious — and so are the good feelings associated with them.
“Mirror neurons were first discovered in the 1980s while experimenting with monkeys. Motor neurons fire when you do something, and during the study, researchers found that a primate’s neurons for action or movement were also actively set off simply by just looking at another monkey doing something. In a literal sense — monkey see, monkey do.”
Neurologist Dr. Isha Gupta confirms that smiling sparks a chemical change in the brain. She states, “Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and aggression.”
My personal code of conduct or standard that i hold myself to is to treat people with kindness both in the way i speak and my actions and i find that most people around me are happy generous people, now i am not saying that i am making them happier just by being happy, i may just be subconsciously cheating and surrounding myself with happy people so that i am happy haha.
There is a few ways that you can use this information in your life
Surround yourself with happy people and your days will be easier If you want to engage with someone be it for work or personal reasons, start with a smile If someone is angry with you (let’s say your partner because you did not do the dishes) stand there with the biggest goofiest smile you can muster until she cracks haha .
So it turns out that ”smile, and the world smiles with you” could not have been a truer statement
Have a super smiley weekend everyone 🙂