Help Make the World a Happier & Smilier Place by Recognizing 1 Million Smile Starters 🙂

  • Smiling is contagious. Researchers have found that it is difficult to frown when looking at someone who is smiling. (Journal of Nonverbal Behavior)
  • Smiling is linked with reduced stress levels, increased health, endorphin levels, and lowered blood pressure. (Psychology Today)
  • Smiling does not cause wrinkles.In fact, smiling acts as a facial massage that delivers blood, endorphins, and antioxidants to the skin’s surface. (Viva Woman)
  • Not only do animals smile, but research shows that dogs have a sense of humor and can even laugh.  (Penny Stallings, 2011)
  • Smiles are cross-cultural and mean the same thing in different societies. The Fore tribe is disconnected from Western culture but smile for the same reasons mainstream cultures smile. (Paul Ekman)
  • Despite previous understanding, new findings show that smiling is not a learned response. 3D Imagery shows that babies smile in the womb.  (BBC News)
  • More than 30% of people smile at least 20 times each day. Less than 14% smile less than 5 times per day. Children smile 400 times per day. (The Journal)
  • The act of smiling makes us feel better and is not just the result of feeling good about something.  (Darwin’s Facial Feedback Response Theory)
  • Smiling provides the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2000 chocolate bars or 16,000 pounds sterling in cash.  (Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act (TED Books))
  • Smiling reduces pain. A study found that people who smiled while getting an injection felt 40% less pain those who did not smile.  (Science Links)
  • Penn State confirms when we smile we appear more likeable, courteous, and competent. (Science Direct)
  • Studies show that people who smile are perceived as better looking than those who are wearing makeup.  (Daily Mail)
  • Happy faces stand out in a crowd. The human brain can recognize a smiling face from 300 feet away.  (Forbes)
  • When people smile at us, it triggers the reward center of the brain. That means we like and remember people who smile at us.  (Forbes)
  • Smiling when not happy is still a good idea. Even faking a smile can boost your mood. (Scientific American)
  • Smiling during exercise can boost stamina and increase performance. A study found that runners who smiled during a workout were more relaxed and had better results than those who frowned.  (CNN)
  • Although we smile less while at work, people who smile are more likely to receive job promotions, earn a higher income, and experience better productivity at work.  (Forbes)
  • Smiling isn’t just something we see. Studies prove that smiling affects tone of voice and can be heard through the phone. (NPR)
  • Smiling makes you look cooler. In a marketing study, models who smiled were perceived as more genuine and likable than models who were inexpressive. (
  • 97% of those surveyed believe that Mona Lisa smiles because she is happy. (

The Secret Society of Happy People started celebrating happiness with Admit You’re Happy Day on August 8, 1999. But our members wanted the happy feeling to linger a little longer, so in 2000 we expanded the celebration to the entire month of August. Eventually, the month was renamed Happiness Happens Day and Month.

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