Smile Dial: Health benefits of smiling too much!
Smiling and laughing used to come so naturally to us when we were little. Laughing at anything and everything, sending our parents into meltdown as soon as we would show them even something remotely like a smile, right?
As we age we often forget to smile and laugh, that’s likely due to being an adult and all of the stresses and responsibilities that come with being a grown up!
A lot of research has shown that there are a number of health benefits that contribute to smiling and laughing.
When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological changes happen to your body without you even being aware of this change happening.
Key benefits of smiling & laughing:
Release the endorphins!
Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed whilst also acting as the body’s natural pain killers.
Neurotransmitters release endorphins when triggered by movements of the muscle in your face.
Even faking a smile or a laugh will do the job as your brain cannot tell the difference between a real or a fake as the position of the muscles are the same! This is called facial feedback hypothesis.
Endorphins also reduce the stress hormone cortisol. When we feel stressed cortisol is more active contributing to anxiety and other unpleasant feelings we may experience.
Read some of our stress management techniques here.
Laugh a little louder
Laughing is actually exercise for the body! Laughing expands the lungs, stretching the muscles in the body stimulating homeostasis.
Turn the pressure down
Smiling and laughter appear to lower blood pressure, great for heart health! Laughter will increase the heart rate initially, followed by a period of relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. Even helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Stronger immune function
This one’s an interesting one but LAUGHTER appears to boost your body’s immune system. A study in 2015 discovered that laughter therapy increased immune responses in women who had just given birth.
What does this tell us? Maybe laughter is the best medicine after all…
One thing we know will make you smile? An appointment with one of our therapists or nurses!:
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