Be cheerful! Our 11 daily smiles make us happier
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.’