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. (Futurity.org)
  • 97% of those surveyed believe that Mona Lisa smiles because she is happy. (Artnet.com)

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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