Besides Natural Pain Relief, Smiling Has Many Health Benefits

Did you know that the second week of August is recognized as National Smile Week?  I didn't either.  But I am a big fan of the many health benefits of smiling, so thought I'd take some time to talk about it for a minute.

 

There are many well documented positive health benefits associated with smiling.  Recently in their post Look Younger With a Smile, The Daily Burst of Energy wrote:

 

"The second week of August is National Smile Week, so smile as much as you can! Not only will you feel good, you’ll look younger. Really! A German study showed that when participants were shown pictures of people smiling, they underestimated the ages of the people in the photos by two years, on average. Need more reasons? Other studies have shown that smiling makes you more attractive, helps reduce stress and, as you’ve read in a previous Daily Burst, a smile actually can trigger feelings of happiness. One easy way to keep a smile on your lips is to take a silly picture of your kid, pet or significant other and use that as the wallpaper on your phone. That way, every time you pull out your phone, there’s a great reason to smile right in the palm of your hand."

 

I think we should all actively celebrate National Smile Week and purpose to make smiling more a good health habit!  I'm a fan, and facial expressions are something I'm keenly aware of (probably because I work with people in chronic pain on a daily basis).

 

I'm such a believer in purposeful smiling and have written about the topic in the past.  Did you know that Smiling can aid in Pain Relief?  Yep!  That's right.  Smiling More is a Natural Pain Killer!  

 

Smiling is something I actually talk about and work on with my clients.  One of my favorite things to do with my clients is coach them to SMILE at themselves in the mirror.  I know it might seem silly, but Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin.  The three combined are known to make a person feel good! (source About.com).

 

Why not give it a try?  What's the worse thing that can happen?  You feel better and people interact with you in a more positive manner?

 

Why wouldn't anyone purpose to add an extra smile or two into your day?  Smiling is such a small thing you can do for yourself that has such amazing benefits.  It costs nothing and can be something you do to create as a good health habit for yourself.

 

Take a look at a recent Testimonial one of my clients sent in:

 

"I just wanted to write to you and thank you for teaching me the benefits of correct posture during exercise.  Throughout my day, whether it’s at work or play, I am always trying to correct myself by making sure that my shoulders are not glued up to my ears.  I will take what I have learned from you and incorporate it in my workouts,  Zumba, Hot Yoga or Barre classes and Barbell.  Everyone needs a personal trainer at their side everyday telling them to put their shoulders in their house and remember to always smile at yourself when you look in the mirror.  Thanks to you I can now do that with little hesitation.

Thanks again Deb.

~ Gail B."

 

“A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.”

- Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

 

So let's all celebrate National Smile Week by purposing to Smile more at ourselves, at others and in all circumstances.  Not only will it impact your life, but you might just affect another person's life in a positive and healthy way.  Now that's something to SMILE about!

 

Let us know what you think!  Are you going to try to smile more?  If you do, let us know how it goes and what the results are.  We want to hear from you!

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Deb Preachuk is a Chronic Pain Pain Relief, Posture Restoration and Athletic Performance Enhancement pro specializing in corrective exercise, applied biomechanics, STOTT Pilates and functional movement patterns. 

Founder of Pain Free Posture MN,  Deb helps real people transform real-world chronic pain challenges into achievable results. Deb infuses her teaching with an honest, open and down-to-earth mix of chronic pain relief therapeutic modalities training techniques to make the concepts of pain relief and body/mind transformation accessible and achievable!