What’s the easiest thing you can go with your mouth – smile – right?
I’m always going on at people to smile at random strangers, but every time you smile, the action of your face muscles smiling causes your brain to trip a little trigger and release chemicals called endorphins.
In a nutshell, endorphins are the things that make a person happy… this leads to less stress… and ooh, let’s think, when you are less stressed you stop scrunching up your face and pow! There go those lines on your forehead. (Of course, they’ll come back again when you stop smiling and start being stressed again, so just keep smiling.)
So… smiling at random strangers does not only make them feel better, but you are giving yourself a boost too. How cool is that?
It gets better…
Endorphins are sneaky little critters, because they are also the body’s natural pain killers. Next time you bash a bit of your body, instead of swearing, yelling and being miserable—LAUGH.
Laugh long and loud and all those endorphins will be released and that sore bit will feel a lot better, much sooner.
This works for chronic pain too, believe it or not… either way – try it – you’ve got nothing to lose.
We all know, from previous experience of having a good belly laugh that you end up gasping and breathing great lung-fulls of air. Well… that is the same as having exercise! Your lungs expand and the cells in your body get replenished with oxygen – it’s not rocket science people – makes perfect sense.
A smiley face is also sooooo much more attractive than a miserable looking one, right?
Start looking at the funny side of life – it’s not hard.
- Read cartoons
- Watch funny movies and You-tube clips
- Spend time laughing with friends and family.
Here’s the really funny bit… our brains, whilst being very clever, don’t actually know the difference between whether a smile is a real one… or a fake one. So there’s no excuse – just smile anyway. You’ll still feel all the fabulous benefits.
We women don’t mind sharing this great tip with you men either… start smiling and stop snarling!
You’ll find once you start smiling—it becomes a habit.