Putting on a smile this Monday morning has many advantages! Not only will smiling boost your own mood, but it can strengthen your social bonds. Belinda Campos, a professor at the University of California- Irvine, conducted research to determine how relationships are made and maintained. The study found that people tend to feel a stronger connection to strangers who show positive emotions. Specifically, the smile “is seen as a reliable sign of true affiliation and willingness to cooperate with another person, and helps to strengthen social bonds.”
Don’t forget to put a genuine smile on this week, and improve your personal health and enrich your new relationships!