According to researchers and psychologists, our genuine smiles (when we are not faking it) are not just transient sparks of emotion but rather clear windows into our core disposition. They also have widespread mental and physical health benefits. Our genuine smiles can change our reality. When we smile, our body releases endorphins and serotonin. Endorphin is a natural painkiller and serotonin is a brain chemical that acts as a natural anti-depressant. The more endorphins your brain releases, the more your body can fight off symptoms of illness.
Researchers have discovered that not all smiles generate the same health benefits. They have proven that a very specific type of smile known as the Duchenne smile (smiling with your eyes) can bring health benefits more powerful than any other smile. The secret is in the eyes themselves, where this is a genuine smile that pushes up into the eyes.
See the difference between a sample A and a sample B below.
Every morning as soon as you wake up – practice smiling just with your eyes. Notice a twinkle, a feeling of amusement in your eyes. Make it a daily ritual to smile the whole time while you're brushing your teeth or having your breakfast and see how you feel! It’s a wonderful way to start the day and will put you in a generative mood. When you smile with your eyes, your smile will spread and your mouth will move naturally and easily into a genuine smile. Beam with your eyes, and keep the rest of your face motionless until it breaks into a warm, friendly smile!