Smile! It’s Good for You
Ever wonder why a good hearty laugh and a happy smile makes you feel so good? As it turns out, the simple act of smiling delivers some powerful health benefits.
Smiles are an Immune Booster.
Laughing and smiling release serotonin, a hormone and neurotransmitter in the body which contributes to your feelings of happiness and wellbeing. One of the many benefits of serotonin is that it boosts your immune system.
Smiles Reduce Stress.
Smiling isn’t just an outward sign of happiness, it’s also a trigger for brain to make space for positive thoughts. Smiling releases endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good chemicals. These endorphins decrease stress levels and elevate your mood.
Smiles are Heart Healthy.
Endorphins also support the increase of blood flow in the body and lower blood pressure. Make smiling a regular part of your day and you’re taking steps to lower your risk of heart disease.
Smiling Might Just Help You Live Longer
Did you know smiling regularly may be an indicator of how long you’ll live? There is published research that indicates that smiling can add 7 years to your life. Curious to learn more? This Ted Talk by Ron Gutman breaks down a variety of studies and data about the power of smiling.
Make smiling a part of your everyday fitness routine. You’ll look good on the outside and feel good on the inside!