New research has found a strong connection between smiling and general health.
According to Laurel House, the Quickie Chick and columnist on the weekly Fitness and Healthy Food channel on Yahoo! Shine, smiling makes you stand out while helping your body to function better. Smiling boosts health, stress levels and self-improvement and is a fun way to live a happy and healthier life.
When You Smile, the World Smiles Back
House shares her insight about the benefits of smiling:
1. Smiling Lifts Your Spirits
Even if you’re not feeling it…smile. The simple act of smiling, especially when you smile at someone else and they reflect that smile back at you, can trick your body and mind into thinking that you are actually happy.
2. Smiling is a Stress Reliever
When you smile you are physically releasing your jaw muscles, which tend to be tightened in times of stress. The jaw muscles attach to the neck muscles and, when tightened, can lead to headaches. You also look less stressed since you minimize those frown lines on your forehead. “I’ll take smile lines any day,” says House.
3. Smiling Boosts the Immune System
When you smile, your body naturally relaxes. When you are relaxed, your immune system is able to function optimally and can help fight off colds and flu.
4. Smiling Lowers Blood Pressure
When you relax your mind and your face by smiling, you actually lower your blood pressure. House recommends that you sit and enjoy the view, pet your pup, or do something that you enjoy…and smile for 5 minutes and you will notice a difference.
5. Smiling is a Natural Pain Killer
It’s been shown that smiling helps the body to naturally release endorphins and serotonin which work together to help us feel better and minimize the sensation of pain.
6. Smiling Makes You Look Younger
Smiling helps soften the lines and wrinkles on the forehead while adding youth to your eyes. Forget about getting a facelift and smile instead if you want to immediately shed years off your face.
7. Smiling Makes You Appear Confident & Successful
People who look confident and approachable are more likely to be promoted in business. So put on a smile at work – even (or especially) in a stressful meeting – and see how differently others respond to you.
House suggests you share the love.
“You really won’t be able to help yourself. Smiling is contagious and the world always looks brighter from behind a smile,” she adds.
Be sure to Read Laurel House’s Quickie Chick blog at http://quickiechick.com/.