We all know that laughter
is the best medicine.
But do you know what a smile
can do for your health and well-being?
1. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
2. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking 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 action.
3. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.
4. 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?
5. 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 natural drug.
6. 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.
7. 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 with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.
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 for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.
9. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. 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 in (avoid these smile aging habits to keep your smile looking great).
10. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.
- Mark Stibich, Ph.D.
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10 Reasons Why Laughter is the Best Medicine
1. It Boosts the Immune System
One of the best reasons to start laughing has to do with your immune system. Perhaps laughter will one day join the ranks of immune-boosting staples like multivitamins and antibacterial hand soap. Decreasing stress hormones, improving circulation and oxygen intake, and releasing negative emotions can boost your immunological responses and keep you healthy.
2. It Energizes Organs
Laughter improves blood flow, suppresses stress hormones and gives you a burst of exercise. In other words, laughter sends a wake-up call to the heart, brain and lungs and stimulates these organs into action.
Heart disease may not seem like a laughing matter, but laughter is a great addition to any treatment plan. Blood pressure and circulation benefit from a hearty sense of humor, and your body will experience a boost of aerobic activity each time you guffaw.
3. It Reduces Aggression
Laughter is the hypothetical knife that cuts tension from a room, allowing you to relax. You become calmer and less aggressive, which may help you form clearer perspectives about what's actually going on around you. In one study, students who watched a funny video in their classroom responded with lower levels of aggression in tense situations
4. It Boosts Your Social Skills
Many scientists believe laughter allows humans to connect, bond and communicate with each other. The more comfortable you feel with someone else, the easier it becomes to laugh. In fact, leading researchers believe people are 30 times more likely to laugh in social settings than if they were alone
5. It Manages Pain
Laughter may be one of the best natural pain relievers around -- it's effective, free and available everywhere. You don't even need a prescription! Laughter eases fear and anger, allowing us to deal better with a bad situation. Also, it may increase our tolerance for pain by releasing endorphins (peptides that offer a feeling of well-being and help with pain management).
6. It Impacts Blood Sugar Levels
When you get a case of the giggles, your doctor may thank you. That's because in a few small studies, researchers discovered that laughing may positively affect blood glucose (sugar) levels.
7. It Provides a Burst of Exercise
The next time you're at the gym, don't be afraid to chuckle at the person wearing a leotard circa 1983. After you've made sure the '80s exerciser can't hear you, release the giggles -- laughter can offer a burst of aerobic exercise.
8. It Improves Blood Pressure and Flow
When it comes to cardiac health, seriousness may be, well, as serious as a heart attack. That's because laughter has been shown to lower or balance blood pressure and increase vascular blood flow. By reviving blood circulation and increasing oxygenation of the blood, laughter may be a powerful ally in the fight against heart disease.
9. It Helps Coping Skills
Life is out of our control, and that feeling of helplessness can be very scary and stressful. A negative prognosis, the loss of a job and even a breakdown on the highway are sudden, and usually unwelcome, events that we rarely can prepare for. Laughter is a good way to cope with life's unexpected curveballs and help us get over the shock.
10. It Decreases Stress
Levels of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine tend to decrease during bouts of laughter. These hormones can suppress the immune system, opening the floodgates to a host of infections, illnesses and general poor health. One study found that laughter helped reduce stress and improve immune function -- or natural killer (NK) cell activity -- an indication that laughter may be an extremely beneficial addition to treatments for cancer and HIV patients.
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The Blue Zones
Lessons for living longer from the
people who've lived the longest.
With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. And in this dynamic book he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.
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