You must often see smiling faces in magazines or packaging and beauty product advertisements. Smile is related to how we look good. However, not only makes your face friendly to be seen, a smile also provides some other benefits. Psychologists say that a smile can give a positive signal. What else can a smile give you?
1. Increase trust
Some people admit that they trust people more easily if the person is friendly and smiles at them.
2. Make us easy to forgive
Researchers show that people are more comfortable when someone makes a mistake and they smile when apologizing. It does not matter if it’s a forced smile, or an awkward smile, the effect is not much different.
3. Get rid of awkwardness
Have you ever forgotten your partner’s birthday? Or suddenly forget the name of someone you know? If you smile shyly while apologizing, they will take our mistakes lightly and quickly forgive us. Awkward atmosphere evaporated in the air.
4. Heal the pain
Smiling is one way to cut the sadness caused by unpleasant situations. Psychologists call this “face feedback”. Forcing a smile when you feel sad or angry is enough to raise your mood a bit.
5. Giving insight
Smiling can increase our attention and our ability to think holistically. When this idea was tested by some scientists, they found that people who smile while doing a test can mention well what they see from the forest. While people who do not smile can only mention some trees.
6. Increase attractiveness
Research is done by testing a man who will approach a woman in a bar. When the woman is not smiling, her chances of being approached are 20%. While the same woman smiled, her chances of being approached could reach 60%.
7. Longer life
Smiling people can live longer. A study was conducted on a baseball player’s photo in 1952. Their smiling and non-smiling deaths can be adrift for up to seven years. You may believe it or not, but that is the fact.