Surprising ways smiling BOOSTS WELLBEING
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.
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.