Sean has a passion to spread more smiles. Check out his tip on how to
Make People Smile.
The advantages to smiling go beyond outward appearance and influence our physical and mental health as well as the health of those around us.
When you smile it kicks starts chemicals in your brain that fight off stress, boost your metabolism, lower blood pressure, and reduce pain. The simple act of moving the muscles in your face to create a smile can send messages to your brain that alter your mood and create the feeling of happiness.
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." -Thich Nhat Hanh
Next time you're feeling stressed or sad, try showing those pearly whites and see if it changes your mood and creates real happiness in your brain.
On top of all of the personal perks that come with smiling, our smiles can also improve the daily lives of those around us; according to recent research, the saying "smiling is contagious" is actually true, when we share our smile (or, as Sean suggests, our dance moves) with those around us we are also sharing health benefits with them, so let's slip on our dancing shoes and better ourselves with a little fun.
What are some ways you make others smile? What are some benefits you've seen in your own life?
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