Remember to Smile!

news-freedom-elder-care-new-jersey-health-benefits-smilingWhen it comes to health and wellness, most of us prefer to take a natural approach. And who knew that by simply smiling, we can all make ourselves feel a bit better?

Some of you may be skeptical and claim that this is easier said than done. Admittedly, it is sometimes difficult to smile when you don’t feel like it.

However, just by turning your frown upside down, the muscles in the face stimulate the brain; and although you may be in a sour mood, your grin tricks the brain into thinking you’re happy. This is called smile therapy.

This philosophy is certainly not new. Studies involving smiling go as far back as 1872 when Charles Darwin published his theories on how the stimulation of facial muscles can change your mood.

So how much smiling is needed to make you feel better? Luckily, only five to 20 minutes can produce positive results in your overall health and wellness. And, according to HelpGuide.org, smiling and laughter can strengthen your physical, mental and social well-being, which include:

  • Increased immunity
  • Reduced stress
  • Pain relief
  • Heart protection
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower anxiety
  • Improved mood
  • Enhanced resilience
  • Strengthened relationships

It’s simple…smile!

If you find it difficult to smile, take a pencil and put it between your teeth. This technique puts those facial muscles to work. Or, you can practice your breathing by smiling while inhaling and relaxing your facial muscles while exhaling.

April is National Humor Month. So, for the remainder of the month, sit back, smile and be happy!

“Smile…it’s free therapy.” Douglas Horton