Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Smile! It Could Help Your Health.

Presently in our economic climate, you might find it more difficult to crack a smile. Some people might even say “What is there to smile about?” The smile is the most universal form of expression with its meaning being the same in every language. It is the international symbol of openness and acceptance. A smile says, “I acknowledge you. I accept you.” Smiling not only brightens the day of those around you, but research shows that there are benefits of smiling.

We all want to look our best and a smile makes us more attractive. There is an attraction factor to people that smile. Frowns tend to push people away. We want to know people that smile and discover what they have to smile about.

Smiling can change our mood. So if you don’t feel good, try a smile. It feels good to smile, so it can actual trick your body into changing your mood. There's a good chance you might feel better.
When you are under stress it can show up in your face. Smiling helps to prevent us from having a tired look, appearing worn down or overwhelmed. Your smile can even reduce the stress you might be feeling.

Smiling can help boost the immune system to work better. When you smile you become more calm and relaxed whereby the immune function improves. If a person smiles, it is more typical for them to feel more optimistic. People who are optimistic have stronger immune systems and are actually able to fight off illness better than pessimists.

If you want to lower your blood pressure just try smiling. It has been shown that there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure while smiling. Take your blood pressure and take the reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling and see if you notice a difference.

Other studies have shown that a smile can work as a natural drug. It releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good, lift the spirit and gives energy.

A smile is like getting a face lift, it makes you look younger. The actual muscles that are used during a smile will lift the face, making a person appear younger. There is nothing wrong with looking younger.

Smiling makes you appear more confident and approachable. So when you get dressed for success remember to wear a smile, it will payoff. It costs nothing and people will react to you more positively.

Smiling is contagious so pass along good health.