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Smiling: can it really enhance your wellbeing?

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

It sure can! Here are 12 reasons why we should smile.

  1. It lower your heart rate : Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease.
  2. Reduces Stress : Stress is a common problem in the modern world that causes a myriad of health problems. Stress relief may be as simple as smiling a little more throughout the day. Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones. 3 –
  3. Improves your Mood : The endorphins released when smiling not only reduce stress but they enhance your mood.  See how by just smiling how much better you feel.  You can’t feel angry or frustrated, the frustration melts away pretty quickly with a smile or a laugh.
  4. Increases Productivity : Smiling has been shown to increase your productivity while performing tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality
  5.  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. Relationships are truly built on smiles.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8.  Increases Attention Span:  Stress limits our perceptions and narrows our attention. Our bodies kick into fight or flight mode where we can focus only on one of those things. Smiling counteracts this and widens our attention again, opening us back up to multitasking and insights that come from the fringes of our perception and our subconscious.
  9.  Contagious : Around 50% of people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.
  10.  Look Younger : Smiling naturally lifts the face and studies have shown Smiling makes people look younger, around 3 years younger on average. Immune System Booster– Smiles help the body relax and this lets the immune system react more quickly and effectively against infection.
  11. Longevity : The effects of a good smile extend past the exterior good looks. People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study. It releases stress, helps the heart, and much more to keep you healthy longer.

12.    It feels great.

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