Top 10 Reasons to Smile as you Age

Top 10 Reasons to  Smile as You Age

1. Smiling Boosts  Your Immune System

Smiling helps your immune  system work well. When you smile, immune function improves because you  are more relaxed and allow your body to exist in a more positive, stress-free  environment. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling more!

2. Smiling Makes  Us Attractive– Makes Us Look Better

We are drawn to people who smile. There  is an attraction factor that happens. We want to know a smiling person  and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push  people away — but a smile draws them. Smile at more people more often.

3. Smiling Changes  Our Mood & Attitude

Next time you are feeling  down, try putting on a smile. Try smiling more, over a period a few  minutes or few hours, there’s a good chance your mood will change for  the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your  mood.

4. Smiling is Contagious

When someone is smiling,  they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things  happier. A smiling person brings happiness along with them. Smile lots  and you will draw more people to you.

5. Smiling Relieves  Stress

Stress can really show  up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking stressed,  tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time  to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better  able to take positive actions.

6. Smiling Lowers  Your Blood Pressure

When you smile, there  is a measurable reduction in your Blood Pressure. Give it a try if you  have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a  reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still  smiling. Do you notice a difference? Smiling is good for the blood!

7. Smiling Releases  Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that  smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together  these three make us feel good. Smiling is a free, “natural drug”.

8.  Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to  smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go out and  get a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll  look younger and feel better. If  you look at people who have wrinkles or facial lines, you’ll notice  that most of the lines on their face follow their most natural facial  expressions.  If you were to choose between frown lines or smile lines  as your lines and wrinkles for the future, which would you rather?

9. Smiling Makes  You Seem Successful in Life

Smiling people appear  more confident, happier, more settled in their lives, and more likely  to be approached in social settings. Put on a smile at gatherings and  people will react to you differently.

10. Smiling Helps  You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile.  Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s  hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that  “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry  by smiling more!

The more you smile,  the more positive you feel and see things.  There was another research  study where participants were either encouraged or prevented to smile.   Those that were able to smile rated cartoons as being funnier than the  group who were prevented to smile, implying that your overall outlook  is more positive and happy.

Smile as  much as you can.  If you concentrate on smiling, you actually can  feel better.  Believe it or not, there is research behind this.  There  is a theory called ‘facial feedback’ hypothesis.  It states that  “involuntary facial movements provide sufficient peripheral information  to drive emotional experience” implying that you may actually improve  your mood (and life!) by smiling.

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One response to “Top 10 Reasons to Smile as you Age

  1. wow! this is all news to me. maybe if i smile more, i can undo the jowls that have been setting in over the past ten years and get rid of the bloodhound effect. thanks a lot for liking my blog piece.

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