How many times have you been walking down a hallway or into a store, and someone told you to "Smile, it'll make you feel better" (or something like that)? Were you in "one of those moods"? Did you scowl harder, thinking "why doesn't that person mind her/his own business"?
Surprisingly enough, whomever that may have been that attempted to encourage you was also looking out for your health! Smiling has been proven to be beneficial to our health in a number of ways. Some of the benefits include:
- Lower blood pressure
- Relief of Stress, by the release of endorphins that cause us to be happier
- A stronger Immune System
- Aaaaaand, better relationships, which is definitely better for our health than negative ones
A little research to back up all of this knowledge that I'm dishing:
From Psychology Today "Try Some Smile Therapy" -
From Benefits Bridge "The Top 7 Health Benefits of Smiling" -
Transparency moment: I am that person that gets caught up in my thoughts and generally is told to smile by strangers. I have even had a negative thought to go through my head, when I was told, buuuuut now, instead of negativity, I ask myself a few questions...
Why not smile? What do you feel, when you smile? Even when things are bad, and you don't really feel like, try it! I'm forced to think of something joyful, in order to do so, which automatically brings me to a "happy place". Also, when you smile and have joy, it causes those around you to reflect that same positive energy. Pay attention to how many smiles you get returned, when you smile. It's pretty awesome!
Smiling, as I end this entry, I leave always your passionately driven ChristalNicole...