Smiling: An effective tool for health

There is an act so simple yet full of rewards and benefits for the doer and the recipient. Curve the mouth upwards, let the wrinkles around the eyes show up in a sexy manner, think of something fantastic and let your eyes speak the truth- that​ is how you smile (I like to smile for no reason to add an air of mystery or just to spice things up, you can try it too). Smiling does a lot in the body and is very efficient in solving some everyday issues. The following are some of the benefits of smiling: 1. Lowers heart rate: Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. It is not easy to keep smiling in stressful situations, but studies report that doing exactly that has health benefits. This allows the heart work without overworking. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease. Smiling also temporarily reduces blood pressure. 2. Reduces Stress: Stress is a common problem in the modern world that causes a myriad of health problems. Stress relief may be as simple as smiling a little more throughout the day. Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones. 3. Better Mood: Smiling releases hormone endorphin which kicks stress to the curb and improves your mood. Are you feeling down? Slap a smile on your face, even if it isn’t genuine at first, and turn your entire day around with something simple, easy to do, and absolutely free. 4. Increases Productivity: Smiling has been shown to increase your productivity while preforming tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality. This relaxes the body and makes a difficult task look less daunting. 5. Encourages Trust: Studies have shown that we are more trustful of others when they smile and smile genuinely. Trust is an important part of social health when dealing with people, whether they be loved ones or simple acquaintances. (Seems relationships are truly built on smiles) 6. Boosts Immune System: Smiles help the body relax and this lets the immune system react more quickly and effectively against invaders. 7. Reduces pain: Smiling lessens pain and automatically increases how long you can withstand such pain (Makes me remember a lot of Indian movies where the actors smile, laugh or detach themselves from their body by thinking of a loved one to lessen pains when they are being tortured). 8. Longevity: The effects of a good smile extend past just the exterior good looks. People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study. It releases stress, helps the heart, and much more to keep you healthy longer. 9. Smiling is contagious: Around 50% of people smile back when smiled at. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well. 10. Builds attraction: smiling makes people more attractive. This seems to be especially true for women. Men are more likely to approach a woman who smiles than one who simply makes eye contact, while women aren’t necessarily drawn in by a smile alone. Whatever you do, make smiling part of your everyday life, let it not be far from your lips. Be optimistic and let your smile make someone's day! Your smile is the cutest thing about you, flaunt it!  


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