Sur­pris­ing ways smil­ing BOOSTS WELL­BE­ING

Spirit and Destiny - - Feel Good -

Smile! It can hone your mind, heal your body and soothe your soul

THERE AREN’T many of us who look for­ward to the ar­rival of win­ter, but on 7 Oc­to­ber there’s plenty for us to smile about when we cel­e­brate

World Smile Day. Es­pe­cially when you dis­cover what ef­fects this sim­ple ac­tion can have on your mind and body…

RE­BOOT YOUR MOOD Even if you’re in a bad mood, smile. Stud­ies have shown that pos­i­tive fa­cial ex­pres­sions can sup­press neg­a­tive emo­tions so your mood be­gins to align with the emo­tion on your face.

POS­I­TIVE THINK­ING Our brains, as a de­fence mech­a­nism, nat­u­rally tend to think neg­a­tively. How­ever, by smil­ing more we can train our brain to think more pos­i­tively. If you smile of­ten enough, you can ac­tu­ally re­wire your brain, giv­ing you a per­ma­nently more pos­i­tive mind­set.

IM­MUNE SYS­TEM

When some­thing causes us to beam from ear to ear, it’s not just our ex­pres­sion that changes, our body re­leases white blood cells which boost our im­mune sys­tem.

HAPPY ON THE IN­SIDE Smil­ing can ac­tu­ally have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the body’s cells. When we smile, our cells re­lax, which low­ers the risk of cell mu­ta­tion.

STRESS BUSTER Crack­ing a smile when times get tough will help lower your heart rate help­ing you feel chilled and more zen.

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