We know we can smile with our faces, but yoga teaches that we can also smile with our hearts. In Sanskrit, the Heart Chakra is known as “Anahata” which translates to “unhurt.” It means that deep inside each of us, beneath all the stuff, there is this place untouched by pain, mistrust, or hurt. It is a reservoir of ever re-generating love and abundant compassion. And the more we connect to our 4th Chakra (which represents the right to love and be loved), the more we feel an overall balance between giving and receiving in our lives. The stronger our Heart Chakra, the more able we are to share its qualities of unconditional love, compassion, acceptance and trust out in the world!
Here are Top Four reasons why you should Smile More
- Reduces Stress – Smiling helps you to feel and think more positively. Smiling can stop stress from increasing and can actually help to reduce it. The serotonin and endorphins help to combat feelings of stress and to make you feel calmer and more in control. One obvious sign of this can be a reduction in your pulse rate. Try taking you pulse before and after smiling for a few minutes and you’ll see what I mean.
- Boosts Immune System – People who smile regularly tend to be more optimistic in their approach to life. Some researchers even believe that this can lead to a stronger immune system and an ability to fight off lines better than pessimists. Research is very clear. There is a link between optimistic attitudes and good health.
- Boosts Confidence – If two people are giving a presentation and one smiles regularly but not the other, it’s more likely that you’ll perceive the person who smiles to be the more confident. That’s fact. People instinctively react to seeing a smile by smiling themselves. Smiling not only benefits you in these ways, but it also benefits those around you.
- Faking It Works – Learning to smile is possible. A fake smile generated the same feelings as genuine smile. You’re less likely to feel like smiling when you’re under pressure. These are the times that smiling will help you most. be super-conscious of this. Make an extra effort to smile more at times like this.
You see, smiling affects our emotions because of a body-brain connection. It triggers scientifically measurable activity in the left frontal cortex of the brain where happiness is registered. In fact, of the 44 muscles of the face that allow us to create more than 5000 different types of expressions, each of those expressions will have a unique effect on the way you feel and how OTHERS feel about you.