“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa
Not only can smiling improve the lives of the people around you, it can also improve your life. Smiling is an incredibly easy way to make your life happier and healthier. At Moms Health Zone, we want you to be happy and healthy. We’ve put together this list of 5 health benefits of smiling.
- Smiling lowers blood pressure
Take your blood pressure when you’re not smiling, then take it again with a smile on your face. The proof is in the pudding. You will notice your blood pressure is lower when you’re smiling, possibly because of the reduced stress.
- Smiling boosts the immune system
Did you know that smiling can help heal the flu? According to About.com “Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed.”
- Smiling reduces stress
Smiling is the most natural way to relieve stress. “When you feel that stress is taking over, it is time to take one or two minutes and smile,” recommends goodrelaxation.com. “Find something positive or funny (picture, video or some good memories from the past) and let yourself go – smile and laugh. In a couple of minutes you will be less stressed and ready to go on.”
- Smiling produces endorphins
When you smile, your brain releases endorphins. Smiling can also release natural painkillers and serotonin in your brain. According to netdoctor, “these are brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which make us feel happy. They are also a natural pain and stress reliever.” Smiling is a natural drug.
- Smiling makes you look better
Instead of getting a facelift, put a smile on your face. The muscles you use to smile lift your face and make you look younger. Smiling can also make you look more successful and confident.
Are you smiling yet?