5 Health Benefits of Smiling

Smiling relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and even strengthens your immune system. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Smiling relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and even strengthens your immune system. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

It’s true: when you smile, you’re improving your health. Here are 5 ways smiling makes you healthier. Now that’s something to smile about! (via Care2.com):

1. Smiling lifts your spirits. Even if you’re not feeling it…put on a smile. The simple act of smiling, especially when you smile at someone else and they reflect that smile back at you, can cause your body and mind to feel happy.

2. Smiling relieves stress. When you smile, you are physically releasing your jaw muscles, which tend to be tightened in times of stress. The jaw muscles attach to the neck muscles and, when tightened, can lead to headaches. You also look less stressed since you minimize those frown lines on your forehead.

3. Smiling boosts your immune system. When you smile, your body naturally relaxes. When you are relaxed, your immune system is able to function optimally, helping to fight off colds and flu.

4. Smiling lowers blood pressure. When you relax your mind and your face by smiling, you actually lower your blood pressure. Try a few minutes of enjoying the view, petting your pup, or doing something that you enjoy. Just five minutes of smiling makes a noticeable difference in blood pressure.

5. Smiling is a natural pain killer. Studies show that smiling helps the body to naturally release endorphins and serotonin, which work together to help us feel better and minimize the sensation of pain.

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