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Your Smile and Happiness Affects Your Children Too

Your Smile and Happiness Affects Your Children Too

by: Dr. Sorabh Goel
Consultant - Neonatology-Paras Bliss, Panchkula

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” It can make us appear more attractive to others. It lifts our mood as well as the moods of those around us. And it can even lengthen our lives too. Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain i.e. “happy neurotransmitters”. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.

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How Smile is Contagious?

Current research shows that a smile is contagious. The part of your brain that is responsible for your facial expression of smiling when happy or mimicking another’s smile resides in the cingulate cortex, which is an unconscious automatic response area. If we saw somebody smiling it’s a quick response that we will also smile back. We cannot hold our smile. It would need conscious effort to turn that smile upside down. So if you’re smiling at someone, it’s likely they can’t help but smile back. With this you are creating a symbiotic relationship that allows both of you to release feel good chemicals in your brain, activate reward centres, make you both more attractive and increase the chances of you both living longer and healthier lives.

How It Helps Children? 

You should smile everytime you get a chance of eye contact with your child. Your smile will make child give back a smile, his /her mood gets elevated even if he/she not feeling happy. So a simple smile from you can make your child feel happy, safe and secure. Smiling at your baby can boost his brain development. Smiling also plays a part in bonding and attachment. It also helps your baby develop and learn about the world. Because you are the reflection of world for the baby. Baby will perceive the world as you behave. So if you smile at baby more often, baby will feel that the world around him/her is safe and secure. It will make child more comfortable, confident and happy.

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