Six reasons to keep on smiling

Someone has said, “A smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth and by flexing muscles throughout the mouth.”
It should result in the corners of the mouth turned up. And that is called a smile!
In contrast to the corners of the mouth turned down, which is a sign of great sadness.
Personally, I try to smile at everyone I meet. And usually, they smile right back. That isn’t hard. But what is harder is to remember to smile when you are by yourself.
To address this problem, I always have a supply of bright yellow smiley face stickers. And I stick them in appropriate places, for instance, on my computer screen.
My screen is oversized so I have two smiley faces–one on the top and one on the bottom.
By my desk is a 10-inch diameter clock with a bright yellow smiley face. And I drink my orange juice from a yellow mug with the same image.
These props help me keep smiling—even when I don’t feel like it. Especially, when I don’t feel like it!
There are lots of reasons to keep smiling. For this column, I have chosen six important reasons to add smile therapy to your daily routine.
1). Boost your immune system
Breaking into a smile relaxes you and releases endorphins in the brain that help keep you healthy.
2). Lower your blood pressure
Obviously, it often takes more than smiles to control blood pressure. But smiling can help, researchers say.
They report that even a fake smile can help lower blood pressure.
So if you don’t feel like smiling, just smile anyway. It’s worth it!
3). Improve pain management
Many people this side of 60, and especially this side of 80, have some level of pain. Their pain levels may vary from slight to excruciating.
Science has proven that exercise releases endorphins that reduce pain. Laughing and smiling release similar endorphins.
And best of all, this pain reliever has no side effects!
4). Elevate your mood
With the corners of your mouth turned up, your mood will be elevated and it is hard to be depressed when you’re smiling.
5). Be more attractive
If you want to be more attractive (and who doesn’t!), try smiling more before you buy new clothes or pay for a new hairdo.
A big broad smile may be all you need to look beautiful. And it’s free!
6). Increase your longevity
There is evidence that those who often smile live longer than those who rarely conjure a smile. Researchers suggest frequent laughter and smiles could add seven or eight years to your life.
So there you have it. If you want to stay healthy, experience less pain, be attractive, and improve your longevity, there’s one easy solution: smile!
As Phyllis Diller put it, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
Whether you feel like it or not, turn the corners of your mouth up and reap the benefits. Put smile therapy on your daily schedule and you soon may be smiling without even trying!
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