One of the best things you can do for yourself and for everyone around you is to smile. Smiling brings oxygen to your brain, immediately makes you feel better, and sends out comforting messages to others. Smiling pulls people in nice and close.
A true smile comes from genuine pleasure. Two sets of facial muscles are used to create this smile. The first set is in the cheeks that pull up the corners of the mouth; the second set is around the eyes. These muscles cause the eyes to narrow and crinkle.
Smiling can make you look like an inviting, accepting, likable and pleasant person (even if you’re not). When you first meet someone, if you don’t smile that person is likely to think that you’re not interested in or attracted to them. They may even think you are a cold potato. So, even if you’re feeling blue or simply not in the mood to smile, do yourself a favor – smile anyway. Fake it until you make it!
The health benefits of smiling are plentiful.
- ncreases the production of endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin, a hormone that regulates your mood;
- boosts your immune system and increases the number and activity of antibodies that fight infection;
- lowers your blood pressure;
- helps you to relax;
- relieves stress;
- enhances respiratory function;
- exercises 15-26 facial muscles;
- makes you look younger as it lifts the face; and
- fires up various parts of the brain!
More fabulous facts about smiling that are sure to make you smile ~
The simple act of smiling can change your day.
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