Make a Joke or Talk about a Reason to Smile !
« Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy »
_____ Thich Nhat Hanh
We all spend thousands of millions every year trying to improve our health. We are addicted to fitness and gym or to doctor visits and dental checkups…. However, there are many ways we can personally use to save our money and boost our health. They are absolutely easy and free. One of the most easiest and cheapest ways to improve your health and your mood is to keep smiling.
Some people can often smile more than others, it’s safe to say that we all smile from time to time.
- Do you know that smiling more often –regardless any situation- can improve your health and help you live longer ?
Smiling can tact your brain into thinking that you are happy. When we smile, it can also push us to think about pleasant memories we have experienced which can improve our mood. Smiles can also release happy hormones called « endorphins » and this can make us feel happier. So, smiling can transform your brain’s emotional pathway.
When you smile and laugh, a number of psychological changes occur in your body, mostly without being consciously aware of them. Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates the neural massaging that benefits your health and your daily mood. Here, I’m going to mention pictures as an example : we are all attracted to images where we show eye contact and we throw smiles.
Many Researchs have shown that A genuine smile can make you seem more friendly, attractive and likable by others. Smiling can be contagious ! it makes the physical shapes and animates the body’s movements. As it is mentioned in Vin Scully’s quote : « As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens every body’s day ». Therefore, some studies shed light on how the act of smiling can elevate your mood and the mood of those around you.
However, many folks see smiling simply as a response to bring joy and laughter. Most people can spot a fake smile, even if they can not say what they want to convey. Fake smiles usually use fewer muscles around the eyes. So, if you have to fake a smile, try to make it as real as possible. For example, think of happy memories or visualize your favorite persons and places. It makes a difference in what others see and in how you feel.
Here, you are going to discover 4 of the surprising health benefits of smiling :
1. Mood improvement :
Smiling can boost your mood when you are feeling blue, and it may be beneficial for people struggling with anexiety and depression. A scientific study proved that making yourself smile even when you are feeling down helps improve your mood and increases positive thoughts. So, if you are having a bad day, try to smile anyway- it may lead to a genuine smile and lift your spirits.
2. Lower blood pressure :
Smiling and laughing more and more appear to help lower your blood pressure, which is good news for your heart health. A 2009 review explained that laughter causes an initial decrease in heart rate, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in blood pressure. It helps reduce your risk of developing heart diseases.
3. Good relationships :
Have you noticed that you are drawn to people who smile a lot ?. According to another scientific study, people who are smiling are perceived as being more likable than people who don’t smile. Being likable makes it easier to build and maintain better relationships with people, which is important for your overall health and well-being. A 2010 study found that people with positive emotions have more stable marriages and better interpersronal skills than people with negative emotions. So, keep a smile on your face to help create stronger-healthier social bonds.
4. Staying young for a long period of time :
It turns out that the fountain of youth can last for a long period of time. Smiling can also make you look 3 years younger than you are. When you smile it can naturally lift your face and can fend off any frown lines that you may get. A 2010 study found that smiling and positive emotions are associated with increased life spans. So make a joke or talk about a reason to smile !
Smiling and laughing are beneficial for your mind, body and the overall well-being. Even you are feeling blue, crack a smile and earn the various health benefits of it. Hopefully, once you have read this blog, you will be more prone to smiling, even you are not feeling particulary happy, as you will know what benefits it could bring you.