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Did it ever occur to you that a smile is so much more than an expression? Studies have shown that smiling can actually improve your physical health. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, contributing to better health and a stronger immune system. So smile like you mean it!

Here are some more fun facts about smiling:we-love-to-see-you-smile-350x233

  • While it takes over 40 muscles to frown, it only takes 17 to smile!
  • On a night out, 80% of us would be more likely to talk to someone we didn’t know if they smiled at us.
  • Smiling can help you get promoted – it makes you seem more confident, attractive, and sociable.
  • 63% of people feel that they look best in photos that show their teeth.
  • The results of a 2010 Wayne University Research Project showed that the span of an athlete’s smile had a correlation with the span of his life! 1952 MLB players who didn’t smile had an average lifespan of 72.9 years, while those who smiled in their pictures lived on average to be 79.9 years.
  • A smile is universal – something that is found in cultures all over the world as a sign of cheerfulness and acceptance.
  • Psychologists have found that forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood.
  • While the vast majority of behaviors a baby learns are from watching the people around them, scientists believe that the ability to smile is an innate behavior we are born with. Even blind babies smile.
  • A study performed by Orbit Complete showed that over 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they wear makeup.
  • A smile can be recognized over 300 feet away, making it the most recognizable facial expression.
  • Smiling releases endorphins in your body, which helps you to relieve stress and feel better.
  • The saying that smiles are contagious has been scientifically proven! A study in Sweden showed that it was harder for individuals to frown while looking at others who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.
  • After personality, teeth and smiles are rated the second-most important attraction feature.

A person’s smile is also ranked as the most important body feature surveyed, over body shape, height, hair, face, and eyes.