When a smile changes everything
Got this from an article online,
MANY BENEFITS OF SMILLING:)
Participants in one study reported to be ten percent more likely to trust another person if they were smiling.
Research shows we're more lenient with people who have broken the rules if they smile after they've committed the misdeed. It doesn't matter whether it's a false smile, a miserable smile or a real smile, they all work to make us want to give the transgressor a break.
Did you forget to buy your partner an anniversary present? Has someone's name slipped your mind? Embarrassed smiles also involve looking down. This combination elicits empathy from other people and studies show they'll think less of the slip and forgive us more quickly.
Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Forcing a smile even when we don't feel like it, is enough to lift our mood slightly.
Smiling makes us feel good, which also increases our attention and our ability to think holistically. When this idea was tested by social scientists, the results showed that participants who smiled performed better on tasks that required seeing the whole forest rather than just the trees.
One study examined how men approached women in a bar. When a woman established only eye contact with a man, she was approached 20% of the time. When the same woman added a smile, she was approached 60% of the time.
. Peoplewho smile more may live longer. A study of pictures taken of baseball players in 1952 suggest those smiling outlived their non-smiling counterparts by seven years.