Five Health Benefits of Smiling
1. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Five Health Benefits of Smiling – Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood. Simply using the same muscles as smiling will put you in a happier mood,’ explains Dr Michael Lewis, psychologist at Cardiff University.
‘That’s because use of those muscles is part of how the brain evaluates mood.’
Charles Darwin was one of the first to suggest our expressions may actually intensify our feelings. This theory is known as the ‘feedback loop’ or ‘facial feedback hypothesis’. To learn about teen smiling click here.
A smiling expression feeds back into how we experience mood, therefore making us feel happier or a joke seem funnier.
- Smiling Relieves Stress
When you’re stressed a number of things happen to your body. Your pulse rate shoots up, your digestive system shuts down, and your blood sugar levels increase.
But two things also happen that you have voluntary control over – your breathing becomes shallower and faster and facial expressions kick in. If you can slow your breathing down and change your expression, you may be able to turn around the stress cascade.
- Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.
- Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
- Smiling Releases Endorphins and Natural Pain Killers
Smiling is a natural drug. When you smile, your body releases endorphins. These are brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which make us feel happy. They are also a natural pain and stress reliever.
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