Happy. Content. Satisfied. Amused. Smiles come with many emotions. A genuine smile is usually a reliable sign of someone in a good mood. But outside of being uplifting, did you know that smiling can actually be good for your health? Enjoy these healthy facts and, go ahead, smile… it’s good for you!
Natural Pain Reliever
Social laughter can increase your pain threshold, resulting in a higher tolerance for pain. In a 2012 study by the Mayo Clinic, it was reported that laughter causes your body to release its own natural painkillers. So find your funniest friends and share some smiles and laughs or rent your favorite movie that is sure to make you crack a smile.
Strengthens the Immune System
A 2015 study by the Mayo Clinic shows that laughter and positive thoughts release signaling molecules in your brain that target stress and illness whereas negative thoughts decrease your body’s immunity.
Benefits Your Heart
Smiling when you’re in a stressful situation can lead to a lower heart rate. And when that smile leads to laughter, you’ll experience an initial heart rate increase followed by muscle relaxation and a decreased heart rate and lower blood pressure.
It Just Feels Good
Feeling glum? Smiling can boost your mood and increase positive thoughts. So even if you’re not feeling it, putting a smile on your face can lift your spirits.
With 44 different muscles that allow you to make over 5,000 expressions… why not use them to smile?!