5 Reasons to Practice This Simple Stress Reliever

Do you want to know a quick, easy, and free way to release your stress?


Research found smiling to be beneficial on many levels. It reduces your stress levels, lowers your blood pressure, and boosts your immune system among other things.

Here are 5 benefits of smiling:

1. Mood booster

When you’re feeling down, smiling is an instant mood changer!

The release of dopamine causes us to feel happy, so when we smile, our brain thinks we’re happy, even though we may be doing it to change our mood, and it works.

2. Helps our immune system

There is ongoing studies about the science between the brain and immune system communication. Early research shows they do communicate, and the brain does connect with immune related organs like the thymus. Our mood and thoughts can affect our immune system positively or negatively.

3. Reduces stress

Smiling through stressful situations can help lower your heart rate, and how your body responds to the stressful situation.

4. Relieves pain

When we smile or laugh, our brain releases Endorphins and Serotonin. These two together are the body’s natural pain reliever and help lift our moods.

5. Its’ Sunnah

We know from hadith that smiling is a form of charity and that The Prophet SAW used to smile a lot and would encourage his companions to do the same.

Smiling is contagious. When someone smiles at us, we instinctively want to return the smile.
So whether we smile, or return someone’s smile, this is a quick and easy way to earn some blessings, and do a good deed for the day.

Watch this nice video as 2 Muslim men talk about the benefits of smiling 🙂

“Two White Muslims” explain the benefits of smiling within the sunnah, as well as for your health.

About Saffiyya Mohammed
Saffiyya Mohammed is a Trinidadian millennial writer living on the islands. With a keen interest in Muslim women's representation in media especially in the written word, she's on the search for the next great read. To follow more of her musings of island life, you can find her on Twitter @saffiyyam and instagram at they_callmesaf