Smiling is Good Medicine

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“Smile. It’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.” ~Author Unknown

Okay, I’m going to give your mind a few seconds to wander where I know it naturally will after reading that quotation…

Now, back to the business at hand:  Smiling!  I highly recommend it because it’s good for you!

Here are just three great reasons to smile:

  1. It can give more pleasure than chocolate or money. According to The British Dental Health Foundation, a smile has the same effect as eating 2,000 chocolate bars or receiving $25,000 in cash—but without the calories or tax ramifications! Yes, there is actual research that measured brain and heart activity in volunteers as they were being shown pictures of smiling people, and while being given money and chocolate that proves this. (Of course, as you would expect, the BDHF strongly urges people to keep their smiles and teeth looking good for the best results!) The bottom line is that smiling can make you feel better because it releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. They’re the “feel good” hormones.
  2. Smiling is the hallmark of optimistic people. Research shows that optimists have more robust immune systems than pessimists. Christopher Peterson, Ph.D, a professor at the University of Michigan, says, “We have found that optimistic people are healthier. Their biological makeup is different.” In fact, a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry bears this out: It says elderly optimistic people are 55 percent less likely to die from all causes than the most pessimistic people.
  3. Smiling makes you more attractive. Want conclusive evidence? Look in the mirror as you smile!

If you’re feeling down in the mouth, upturn the corners of your mouth! It can truly make a difference.

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 4/2011

2 comments to Smiling is Good Medicine

  • I am smiling as I read today’s quotation from my Society of Prayer for World Peace Perpetual Calendar for the 21st day of this month: “Believe in Heaven’s mission and exhaust your human resources.” John

  • Ray Brown

    Yea, I dont get these people who walk around with their head down, not looking at the beauty of the world around them. You can smile about so many things around you. A bird, a fish, mountins, and people. Why dont those people look up when they walk? I think its important to keep your head up and look around at the world around you. Whats right in front of you can make you smile.

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