Be cheer­ful! Our 11 daily smiles make us hap­pier

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - Daily Mail Re­porter

IF you’re hav­ing one of those days when the milk has gone off and the car won’t start, you might find this hard to be­lieve.

But Bri­tish adults smile 11 times a day on av­er­age – 232,000 over a life­time – and most of them are gen­uine.

Sunny weather is most likely to make us grin, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey, closely fol­lowed by com­pli­ments from a stranger.

Old pho­to­graphs, un­ex­pected dis­counts and see­ing a baby laugh also raise a smile from more than a third of us, the poll found, as does a stranger hold­ing open a door for us.

How­ever, not ev­ery­thing is pos­i­tive. Re­searchers found that two of our 11 smiles a day are false – with one in ten adults say­ing they ‘don’t like smil­ing’.

The sur­vey of 2,000 peo­ple, by shoe brand Moshulu, found seven in ten peo­ple feel grin­ning at oth­ers makes them happy. It also trig­gers ‘warm’ emo­tions and feel­ings of ac­cep­tance.

Psy­chol­o­gist Dr Jes­samy Hib­berd said: ‘While smil­ing is some­thing that we of­ten do sub­con­sciously, we should be con­sid­er­ing it as an im­por­tant part of our day.

‘Smil­ing has a huge amount of real value – recog­nised by more than 90 per cent of us – and, when the num­ber of times you smile every day is added up, it can have great ben­e­fits to over­all hap­pi­ness.’

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