‘Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.’
Thich Nhat Hanh.
Smiling can be defined as the forming of one’s features into a pleased, kind, or amused expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed. (from google). Among humans, smiling is an expression denoting pleasure, sociability, happiness, or amusement. (according to wikipedia).
Smiling boosts and strengthens the immune system. It helps the body relax, allowing more quick and effective reaction against pathogens. It also assists the body in the production of more white blood cells, that are involved in fighting of diseases
One study found that hospitalized children who were visited by story-tellers and puppeteers who made them smile/ laugh had higher white blood cell counts than those children who weren’t visited. (Alyssa Detweiler, Aug. 2014).
Smiling helps remove pain. Endorphins and serotinin are released that improve mood, also serving as painkillers at the same time. This is more effective in pain management in individuals suffering from chronic pains. ‘Smiling is a natural drug’. Reasons to smile.
Whenever you smile, you lower your heart rate. It slows the heart, relaxing the body at the same time. Your heart works normally, without too much straining. This reduces the chances of developing heart related diseases.
Smiling occasionally makes you look much younger! Yes. It has been proven that, on average, you shall look three years younger your age. This is as a result of the natural lifting of the face when you smile. No cosmetics, no make-ups!
Since a good smile helps you lower stress; improve the heart condition and other beneficial factors, it has been proven too that this helps you live longer than most (7 years longer!). Unbelievable, isn’t it?
Thus, ‘whenever you are faced with a stressful situation, or are feeling emotionally down, slap a grin on that face so you can take advantage of of the many benefits smiling has to offer.’ Alyssa Detweiler.
‘One of the easiest and cheapest ways to boot your health,your mood, your longevity, and even your success is to smile’
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