Smile for Your Health and Well-being
“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Smiling is contagious, but it is much more. It is a reflection of our heart. It can lift your mood and those around you. But smiling has many benefits that we often don’t think about. Here are a few reasons to smile every day.
Stop and think about the last time you were stressed. What did your face look like? How did your shoulders feel? Now stop what you are doing and smile. What happens with your shoulders? Did they drop a little and relax? Does your face feel softer when it smiles? All these things combine to lower your heart rate and relax your body. This may not help for long-term stress, but if you find that you’re grumbling while in line at the store, try smiling.
Boost Your Immune System and Lower Your Blood Pressure
According to Very Well Mind, smiling can boost your overall health as well as lower your blood pressure. When you smile, certain neurotransmitters are released that relax you, which in turn improves your immune function. As for blood pressure, this is something you can actually measure. Take your blood pressure like normal. Then smile for a minute (60 seconds) and take another reading while smiling. Your numbers should reflect the smile on your face.
Beauty and Youth
Whenever I think of smiling I think how amazing people look. So it’s no wonder that we’re told to smile to make us look more attractive. What a wonderful benefit! Better yet, looking younger. We use moisturizers, take vitamins, and so many other things to help our body look younger. Who knew that simply smiling can make you look younger? It makes sense – when you smile the muscles lift your face. So even those little wrinkles will be pointing up in happiness.
You see two people. One has a very passive face and one is smiling. Which person do you gravitate toward? The smiling one, right? Smiling exudes confidence and makes you approachable. These attributes work to your benefit in business situations as you may find that people turn to you in a pinch, which gets you recognized and helps you advance in your career.
When it comes to being positive, it is hard to hold a negative thought when you are smiling. If you find yourself feeling weighed down from the day, stop and smile, even if you’re all by yourself. You’ll feel your spirits instantly lift. If you find this hard, think of a time that made you happy or laugh. This memory will bring a smile to your face and help turn your day around.
Whether you feel like you smile a lot or not, we usually can improve what we are currently doing. Here’s your challenge: smile every time you think of it. Set a reminder if needed (technology is great in helping us accomplish things). Take a deep breath when you smile, to help increase the relaxation that smiling provides. Surround yourself with quotes or photos that make you smile. And whatever you do, smile naturally. Don’t force it. Make it natural and warm, even if no one is seeing you smile.
Youngevity Products for Your Smile
Help your smile by providing it with dental support by using the Big Smile Essential Oil. This unique blend helps combat bacteria, which your teeth will love.
Along the same lines of dental health, brushing your teeth is key. Try one of these toothpastes for fresh breath and clean teeth.
And finally, don’t forget your lips. Our lips ring our smiles so they need to be hydrated regularly. Luckily, Youngevity has a wide variety of lip balms and lipsticks. So no excuses for having chapped lips when you smile.
So remember, “Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” (Les Brown) and “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” (Connie Stevens)