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7 Benefits of Smiling and Laughing that You Didn’t Know about
Smiling and laughing can have a positive effect on your well-being, but as you make the transition from child to adult, you often tend to lose the habit of indulging in these behaviors. A good example of this is a children’s playground: You often see the kids running around, constantly laughing and smiling as they enjoy living in the moment, while the parents sit around the edge, full of the stresses that modern life can bring, with the occasional grin breaking their otherwise serious facial expressions. Adults can benefit from taking a lead from children and making more room in life for smiling and laughter.
Research has shown that there a number of health benefits contributed to smiling and laughing. In addition to improved health, these simple facial expressions and common human behaviors can have a distinctive positive affect on other factors all areas of your life. When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological changes occur in your body, mostly without you being consciously aware of it happening.
7 Benefits of Smiling and Laughing
1. Neurotransmitters called endorphins are released when you smile.
These are triggered by the movements of the muscles in your face, which is interpreted by your brain, which in turn releases these chemicals. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels. Faking a smile or laugh works as well as the real thing—the brain doesn’t differentiate between real or fake as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way. This is known as the facial feedback hypothesis. The more we stimulate our brain to release this chemical the more often we feel happier and relaxed.
2. Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed.
They also act as the body’s natural pain killers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall over.
3. While the release of endorphins is increased, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced.
Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious and contributes to the unpleasant feelings we experience, and by lowering it we can reduce these negative feelings.
4. Laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles in the body and stimulates homeostasis.
This exercises the body, replenishing the cells from a lungful of oxygen and gaining all the benefits of exercising the body.
5. A good laugh can be an effective way to release emotions.
A good laugh can help you release emotions, especially those emotions that you might bottle up inside. Everything looks that little bit better after a good laugh and life can be seen from a more positive perspective. Smiling and laughing have positive social implications as well.
6. Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you rather than push them away.
Smiling makes you appear more approachable. Interaction with others is easier and more enjoyable when smiles and laughs are shared, and these behaviours are contagious, making others feel better too, and make you a more appealing and attractive person to be around. This in turn will have a positive effect on your well-being.
7. A happy, positive expression will serve you well in life.
This is particularly true for challenging situations such as job interviews: a smiling, relaxed persona indicates confidence and an ability to cope well in stressful situations. This will also be of benefit in your career, building healthy relationships with colleagues and being seen in a favourable light by your employers.
How to Smile and Laugh More Often
There are simple ways to bring more smiling and laughing into your day:
I love it & feel awesome when I am around happy people!
Love & Blessings!
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Smile whenever possible! I love this article!
15 of the Best and Free Health Benefits of Smiling
Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 07:11 AM Charlie Pulsipher
15 of the Best and Free Health Benefits of Smiling
We spend trillions of dollars every year in the U.S. alone trying to boost our health. With supplements, fitness routines, gym memberships, doctor visits, dental checkups, and prescriptions, it all adds up fast. Yes, into the trillions! There are many ways you can personally save money and boost your health. There are even a few things you can do that are absolutely free. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to boost your health, your mood, your longevity, and even your success is to smile.
Smiles do a lot more than simply let the world know you’re happy. They don’t even have to be genuine to have some effect, but truest smiles do you the most good. Most people can spot a fake smile, even if they can’t say how they know. Fake smiles usually use fewer muscles than genuine smiles, which involve muscles around the eyes. Real smiles also creep in slower than the false ones. So, if you have to fake a smile, try to make it as real as possible, think of happy memories or visualize your favorite people and places. It makes a difference in what others see and in how you feel.
1 – Lower Heart Rate – Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. This lets 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 – Reduce 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 – The endorphins do more than kick stress to the curb. Endorphins lift your mood. Feeling down? Slap a smile on your face, even if it isn’t entirely genuine at first, and turn your entire day around with something simple, easy to do, and free.
4 – Increase Productivity – Smiling has been shown to increase your productivity while preforming tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality. This also explains why silly internet memes and pictures of cute animals can actually get people motivated and working harder after a few moments of smiling or laughter.
5 – Encourage Trust – Studies show 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 – Produce Empathy – When we’re embarrassed or caught doing something questionable, often our first response is a smile. This instinct breaks the initial ice of embarrassment, promotes leniency in what others think of us, and engenders a sense of empathy since we’ve all experienced embarrassment and we want to smile along.
7 – Avoid Regret – We smile to avoid feeling bad for not smiling. Sounds weird and circular, but we don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, so we smile when someone shares some story about their dog, even if we don’t really care. Studies show that if we don’t smile, we feel regret for failing to do so. This regret brings down our mood and boosts stress hormones.
8 – Kill Pain – Smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that lift our moods, but many of these act as natural painkillers too.
9 – Increase Attention – Stress limits our perceptions and narrows our attention. Our bodies kick into fight or flight mode where we can focus only on one of those things. Smiling counteracts this and widens our attention again, opening us back up to multitasking and insights that come from the fringes of our perception and our subconscious.
10 – Contagious – Around 50% of people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.
11 – Build 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.
12 – Earn Success – A smile can appear confident, self-assured, and on top of your work. Those who smile are more likely to earn more money through tips and raises. They are more readily approached with business ideas and offered advancements.
13 – Look Younger – Smiles naturally lift the face and in studies have shown to make people look younger, around 3 years younger on average.
14 – 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.
15 – Boost Immune System – Smiles help the body relax and this lets the immune system react more quickly and effectively against invaders.
I remember when I smiled so much through the day at work that my face hurt. I also remember my smiles were genuine and I sure felt good!
Love & Blessings!
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Hugging Can Improve Your Health!
James Read, Ph.D. says hugging is a miracle medicine that can relieve many physical and emotional problems. He recommends bear hugs and often tells his patients to use hugging as part of their treatment for pain and the enormous therapeutic affects of it. Researchers have also discovered that hugging can help you:
Protect you against illness
Cure depression & stress
Hugging is an excellent tonic. It has been shown that people who are mentally run-down and depressed are far more prone to illness than those who are not. Hugging can lift depression, enabling the body’s immune system to become tuned up. Hugging breathes fresh life into a tired body and makes you feel younger and more vibrant. In the home, daily hugging will strengthen relationships and significantly reduce friction and create a feeling of happiness.
Researchers discovered that when a person is touched the amount of hemoglobin in their blood which carries vital supplies of oxygen to all organs of the body including the heart and brain increases significantly. It tones up the whole body, helps prevent disease and speeds recovery from illness. It was also found that people who are hugged or touched can often stop taking medication to get to sleep.
The warm meaningful embrace can have a very positive on people. Hug your spouse, your children, close friends or relatives or even your pet! It’s a marvelous way to improve the quality of your life!
Dr. Pamela McCoy says she grabs her prescription pad and writes out a prescription for four hugs a day, one at breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime.
Love like bread should be made fresh every day.
Put this to the test with me and see how great you start to feel with this simple guesture.
Love & Blessings!
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I am extremely fatigued 24/7 but yet I can’t go to sleep without a sleeping pill. I have to take up to 1000 mg of caffeine a day to even function!!! I feel like I am freakin 90 years old!!!! Like a dead battery that needs a major recharge!
I ache all over all of the time, so bad I am continuously taking ibuprofen or Tylenol and I feel tingling and numbness in my feet and hands. Massage hurts so bad I can’t do them anymore.
I have brain fog and my eyes go blurry a lot.
My stomach feels and looks like I am 8 months pregnant some days and not others like I am extremely bloated and it hurts.
I crave sweets non-stop and have horrible depression and anxiety.
Pretty much I am merely existing! I looked up a lot of my symptoms and they fall under these lovely names…..
All of which I have never seen the medical world bring anyone out of! They are all just labels in which they claim there is no cure for and just supply bandaids for them that always have side effects.
The next few posts I will be sharing priceless information from a book that I will later reveal that a dear friend suggested I get to help my clients with their health. It actually describes and tells you how to eliminate the ROOT of all of these horrible diseases. There is one main thing and 4-5 others along with very specific foods that heal, that are the key to total health. Best of all, it’s easier and cheaper than you could ever dream! I am ready to look and feel like a million bucks how about you?
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I had a little extra time on my hands a few months ago so I helped my mom and dad fix up a house in the most beautiful piece of Heaven I have ever been. We textured and painted the walls, we put new laminate floors down, we put new carpet in and tiled the bathroom, we trimmed trees and raked and mowed the lawn. It seemed like I had tons of energy and I loved going to this beautiful place every day!
Every time I drove up the driveway or looked out the window I had the most awesome picture moments ever and I wanted to share them with you!
Look Close Behind Her~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Remember, finding things to do that you enjoy lift your spirits and brings you joy!
Love & Blessing to All!