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.Continue Reading …

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11 Stress-Reducing Foods

Vitamin C-packed oranges relieve stress by decreasing cortisol levels while strengthening your immune system. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

When you think of “comfort food,” you probably think of a familiar favorite dish. But studies show that some foods can bring true comfort by reducing your stress levels. Here are 11 of them (via WebMD):

  1. Complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates stimulate the brain to make more serotonin. For a steady supply of this feel-good chemical, it’s best to eat complex carbs because they are digested more slowly. Good options include whole-grain breakfast cereals, breads, pastas and steel-cut oatmeal. Complex carbs can also help you feel balanced by stabilizing blood sugar levels.Continue Reading …
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