World Smile Day. Smile Your Way To Good Health

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What could be nicer than staying healthy doing something that comes naturally to you? Smiling is one of them. There are studies to prove that smiling can be a great mood-raiser, stress-reliever and naturally, attract people to you. Everyone remembers a smiling person, right?

Truly, a smile is a curve that sets everything straight!

On World Smile Day today, let’s recount some of the health benefits of smiling.

Smiling relieves stress and anxiety

Ever notice how hard it is to stay mad when you are smiling? Okay, so when you are stressed, it isn’t easy to smile – but there are studies to prove the health benefits of smiling through stress. You consciously relax, your heart rate is steadier and you become calm. Your blood pressure stays under control!

Smiling triggers more smiles

Just like yawning, smiling is contagious, unless you’re really determined not to smile! There is research to prove that when you see someone smiling, it triggers complex brain activity and your face involuntarily smiles! So make it a point to smile even when life is tough – and make others smile with you. It is all about social smiling

Smiling literally activates happiness

While helping you stay stress-free, smiling also releases those happy chemicals in the brain – the endorphins along with serotonin. Ever experienced that feeling of well-being after a rigorous workout or a jog around the park? Smiling lets you feel that “high” without the workout. Smiling also kills pain.

Smiling makes you look good

Think about this – when you see two people, one smiling and the other grim, which one would you approach? Yes – you got it right. Smiling people are more attractive, more approachable.

Smiling boosts your immune system

A strong immune system means a healthy body. When you smile, your immune system becomes stronger, and your body’s disease-fighting white blood cells are active, helping you stay healthy.

Act of kindness: When you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours! Visit your local hospital and make the patients smile and laugh and help them strengthen their immune system.

Smiling has social benefits

Smiling helps you make friends faster. Smiling makes you more approachable inviting people to engage with you.

Smiling sets you at ease

We all enjoy our comfort zones. Smiling helps us stretch out of this with ease and realize our true potential.

Smiling actually makes you appear more credible

A genuine smile makes people trust you more and builds better relationships.

Smiling increases productivity

Smiling at work keeps you happy through the day and giving your best. If you are a team manager, smiling makes you a better leader.

Increases your life span

Those who smile often live longer.

Smiling slows aging

Oh never mind the laughter lines…smiling just makes you look younger.

Finally, smiling is the easiest way to get into a better mood, stay healthy, feel better and enjoy great relationships!

On World Smile Day today, Do an act of kindness. Help one person SMILE!

Smiling is free. Smiling is a choice.

Did you smile today?

After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I writes to collect smiles and donate to charities. I shares stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

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