Dr. Al Danenberg a Nutritional Periodontist in South Carolina shares his research and insights about the importance of smiling;
Smile. That’s right. Just smile. Smile as if your life depends on it. Because it does!
It only takes 20 seconds.
Smile with an enticing grin or a contagious, all-teeth-showing smile.
There’s science behind the anecdotal benefits of smiling.
- A smile is contagious to those around you. It can lift your mood and those in your presence. It also can improve longevity.
- The act of smiling activates neural messaging in your brain. The feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain are dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. They are released when you smile. Smiling not only relaxes your body, but it also can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
- When you smile, you look good. Studies have demonstrated that a person who smiles is more attractive to others than a person who does not smile.
You can exude gratitude when you smile; especially during this pandemic take the time to be grateful for all that you have.
Smile & Laugh
Laughter is one step beyond smiling.
As a matter of fact, smiling and laughter have helped cancer patients.
In a 2017 study, 56 participants with cancer were randomly assigned to either an intervention group (laughter therapy) or control group (no laughter therapy). Each participant in the intervention group underwent a laughter therapy session once every two weeks for seven weeks. Each session involved a laughter yoga routine followed by traditional Japanese verbal comedy performances. At the end of the study, the intervention group had significantly better cognitive function and less pain than the control group.
Dr. Danenberg’s personal advice;
Smiling is a new and worthwhile habit.
I never just smiled to smile. I had no idea the power of smiling.
You’re never too old to learn a new trick. The act of smiling has been a surprising and amazingly helpful tool for me. Smiling has helped me stay focused with a healthier forward outlook.
My recommendation for you is just SMILE
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