Dealing With Grief and Loss
A smile is a simple gesture that can have a profound impact on your interactions with others. It has the power to transform a stranger into a friend, diffuse a tense situation, and uplift the spirits of those around you. Despite its simplicity, a smile can communicate warmth, friendliness, and openness in ways that words cannot.
You get what you give
Smiling has a positive impact on our social interactions. When we smile at someone, it creates a sense of connection and trust, making it easier to establish and maintain social relationships. This is because when we smile, we activate the mirror neurons in our brain, which help us to empathize and connect with others. So when we smile, people around us smile back, and we are participating in creating a positive world.
Shared laugh is a sign of a good relationship
A study analyzed the laughter of 71 heterosexual romantic couples during a conversation about how they first met. The results showed that spending a higher proportion of the conversation laughing simultaneously with their partner was positively associated with better evaluations of relationship quality, closeness, and social support. The study highlights the importance of laughter and its impact on relationships.
These findings are perhaps not so surprising. But think about their application. If a single smile can make our relationships deeper and facilitate the creation of new ones, why not just smile more at the world around us?
This text was written by our mental health expert. In addition to her expertise, we have used the following resources:
- Kurtz, L. E., & Algoe, S. B. (2015). Putting laughter in context: Shared laughter as behavioral indicator of relationship well‐being. Personal Relationships, 22(4), 573-590. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12095
- UWA. (2019, 6th of June). Psychology To Grin About: The Benefits Of Smiling And Laughter. The University of West Alabama. Available on: <https://online.uwa.edu/news/benefits-of-smiling-and-laughter/](https://online.uwa.edu/news/benefits-of-smiling-and-laughter/) \n