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Enjoy the Health Benefits of a Smile – All For FreePlan to smile more this year – it only takes a second and makes you feel better inside and out.
It has been said smiling can improve your health, your stress levels and your attractiveness. It’s a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict and it keeps you grounded, focused and alert. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.
With so much power to heal and renew, why not make it a resolution to smile more frequently? It takes very little effort to smile rather than frown (12 vs. 11 muscles), but the real reward; increased physical and emotional health. And isn’t that what millions of Americans desire when making resolutions?
In 2014, 45% of Americans made a New Year’s Resolution; yet only 8% achieved them.
Why such a low percentage of success? According to psychologists, resolutions are an effort to reinvent oneself. People make resolutions as a way of motivating themselves, but they’re not really ready to change their habits, particularly their bad habits.
Why not start with something that can be performed repeated throughout the day, doesn’t need additional time or money, requires little effort, yet offers immediate and significant returns?
10 Benefits of Smiling More:
- Smiling makes us attractive –There is an attraction factor to people who smile more; we’re drawn to them and want to know what makes them so happy.
- Smiling changes our mood – next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
- Smiling is contagious – when someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them.
- Smiling relieves stress and lowers your heart rate – smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. This lets the heart work without overworking. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease. Smiling also temporarily reduces blood pressure.
- Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger – the muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Try smiling your way through the day – you’ll look younger and feel better.
- Smiling increases productivity – there’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality. This also explains why silly internet memes and pictures of cute animals can actually get people motivated and working harder after a few moments of smiling or laughter.
- Smiling encourages trust – studies show that we are more trustful of others when they smile and smile genuinely. Trust is an important part of social health when dealing with people, whether they are loved ones or simple acquaintances.
- Smiling produces empathy – when we’re embarrassed or caught doing something questionable, often our first response is a smile. This instinct breaks the initial ice of embarrassment, promotes leniency in what others think of us, and engenders a sense of empathy since we’ve all experienced embarrassment and we want to smile along.
- Smiling kills pain – smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that lift our moods, but many of these act as natural painkillers too.
- Smiling is a universal sign of happiness – while hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
When a smile is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Smiles also trigger healthy physical changes in the body by strengthening your immune system, boosting your energy, diminishing pain, and protecting you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
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