A study was commissioned on the power of a smile recently. It featured the findings of a psychologist named Dr. Jessamy Hibbard. Here are a few stats:
- The average adult smiles 11 times every day – or more than 232,000 times over their lifetime, it has emerged.
- Eight out of ten of us are confident enough to smile at strangers – with most happy to grin at someone we don’t know eight times a day, on average.
- 🙁 Two of our 11 smiles a day are false, with a miserable one in ten adults claiming they ‘don’t like smiling’.
It also emerged that around 50% of us admit we don’t smile ‘as much as we could’, and 75% wished that everyone would smile more often.
Now, here are the top things that make us smile!
- Sunny weather – 50 per cent
- Getting a compliment from a stranger – 48 per cent
- Looking back at old photographs – 44 per cent
- Receiving a discount at the cash – 39 per cent
- Finding a five dollar bill down the back of the sofa – 38 per cent
- When someone holds a door open for you – 37 per cent
- Hearing a baby laugh/seeing them smile – 37 per cent
- Getting a nice message from a loved one – 35 per cent
- Receiving a big hug – 35 per cent
- Seeing an elderly couple holding hands – 33 per cent
BTW, honorable mention goes to hearing a favourite song on the radio, chocolate! and fitting into a pair of jeans you didn’t think you would, So go forth and Take the Smile Challenge. See if you can up your personal number to 15-20 smiles and day and try to convince someone wearing their grumpy pants to change over to their smiley ones. 🙂 🙂 🙂