The Benefits Of A SMILE : )
There you are in front of a mirror! You stand still looking at yourself, first staring at your eyes, that beauty mark, those lips that you ever so slightly crack a smile with, then it gets wider and wider until your eyes begin to smile along with that wonderful smile of yours. You notice your mood starting to perk up, you notice you feel as sweet on the inside as you look on the outside with that beautiful grin. Why does a smile affect how we feel? What are the amazing benefits that come with a smile? Good questions! Let’s dig further into this topic…
The Benefits (SMILE!)
- Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. (what are neuropeptides?) Neuropeptides are tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate, thus telling our body how and what to feel. The certain type of neurotransmitters that make us feel good are known as: dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins which are what a smile triggers, making us feel on top of the world, glad, happy, crazy good. I also cannot forget it to mention a smile relaxes us which in turn lowers our heart rate and blood pressure. Smiles are good people so make sure you smile often!
- Smiling IS contagious. There was a study done in Sweden were researchers showed subjects pictures of several emotions: joy, anger, fear and surprise. When the picture of someone smiling was presented, the researchers asked the subjects to frown. Instead, they found that the facial expressions went directly to imitation of what subjects saw (SMILING). It took the subjects a conscious effort to not smile. Psychology Today It’s what we call mirror neurons which is how we respond to the acts of both seeing and doing. Marco Iacoboni further describes mirror neurons as cells in the premotor cortex and inferior parietal cortex that are activated when we perform a given action as well as when we witness someone else performing it. Huffington Post
- When you smile you make others feel good, which makes you feel good and that’s what we call a WIN-WIN!
- When you smile you become more attractive and approachable, and who doesn’t want that?!
Is Smiling Worth The Wrinkles? (dun-dun-duuuun!)
Do fine lines occur because of smiling? Yes! according to the Mayo Clinic there are a few reasons why people wrinkle (obvious reasons might I add!) Smiling is categorized under repeated facial expressions, and further described by the Mayo site as each time you use a facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. And as skin ages, it loses its flexibility and is no longer able to spring back in place. These grooves then become permanent features on your face. Other reasons we wrinkle are mentioned by the Mayo as aging and sun exposure (DUH Eloise! …I know, I know, but I’ve got to mention the obvious too… It’s my job you know?!)
I say SMILE! I know everyone wants to stay youthful as long as possible and to help out with that you can spend a lot of money on Botox and lifts over and over again OR you can go the cheaper route and use lotions and creams to keep that skin moisturized. Also wear hats and sunscreen and for goodness sake, eat healthy (veggies and fruit people, eat those veggies and fruit!)
A cream that works wonders that you might want to check out is called Lip & Eye click the link for further information and to purchase.
BUT please whatever you do NEVER STOP SMILING! You’re gorgeous when you do!~wink~
Have a great day, smile often, be healthy, be happy, and know you’re a beautiful person!
Take care readers!
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