Some days it can be tougher than others, but at the end of the day, we all have reasons to smile. Whether it’s something funny our kids say or a happy memory that pops into our head. The good news is that smiling actually has health benefits associated with it! Here are a few things that happen when you smile regularly:
Your body releases endorphins. Endorphins are those feel-good chemicals that boost happiness. The same chemicals that give you energy when you exercise and make you feel better.
You feel less stress. You know how we just said that Endorphins make you feel better? Well, when you feel stressed your body produces cortisol, which is very unhealthy. But endorphins actually lower your cortisol levels so the endorphins you release while smiling can actually combat the effects of stress.
You look younger. Research has shown that people that smile are far more attractive and can look as much as three years younger than their actual age.
You live longer. People who smile more tend to have a longer lifespan than those who don’t, especially when combined with healthy eating and exercise.
Improved relationships. Nobody wants to be around a Debbie Downer. Research has shown that people who smile regularly appear more trustworthy, competent and outgoing.
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