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Did you know that smiling and laughing have positive benefits to your well-being?
Smiling is not only a nonverbal communication cue that signals friendliness; it also has a number of health benefits according to research. When you smile and laugh there are a number of physiological changes that occur in your body and this happens mostly without you being consciously aware of it.
When you smile endorphins are released by the movements of the muscles in your face that is interpreted by your brain. Endorphins are hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system. Endorphins allow the body to feel calm and relaxed. They are responsible for making us feel happy and lower stress levels. The more we stimulate our brain to release this hormone the more we feel happy and relaxed. Endorphins can also act as a body’s natural painkillers. For example, laughing off the pain when you fall over. Increased endorphins can reduce the negative feeling stress and anxiety bring us. A good laugh can be a way to release emotions too, particularly those emotions that are bottled inside. Having a good laugh can make us look at life in a more positive way and also provides social interactions. Smiling and laughing is seen as an attractive expression that results in making a person more approachable which makes interactions with others easier and enjoyable.
Let’s smile more and be less grumpy! Remember that smiling or laughing contributes to your well-being.
“Doctor,” said the receptionist over the phone, “there’s a patient here who thinks he’s invisible.”
“Well, tell him I can’t see him right now.”
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