Haven’t you heard people say that smiling adds on years to your face? The more you smile, the more wrinkles you get. Well, the truth be told, it’s far from the truth! Not only smiling doesn’t age you but it actually helps you stay younger and prevents premature aging. In fact, frowning is what aged you since the muscles used effect how fast your face ages. SO does smiling make you age faster? Here are some facts to consider and reasons to smile your way to a healthier looking you.
Health Benefits Of Smiling and Laughing
- Smiling helps to prevent and eliminate wrinkles because it makes your facial muscles actively work. According to research (here)published in China Daily, “Active facial gymnastics is super effective. It can reduce expression lines.” This is due to the fact that when we smile, we use certain muscles that act as a natural way to achieve a facelift.
- Smiling and Laughing boosts the immune system. According to research, (here) laughing strengthens your immune system and reduces inflammation in the body. Laughing releases endorphins by sending signals to the brain similar to exercising. Endorphins are truly the body’s natural painkillers.
- Smiling and Laughing helps prevent cardiovascular diseases. According to a study conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, laughing may help reduce your risk of heart disease the same way exercising does.
- Smiling lowers you blood pressure. Since stress contributes to high blood pressure, laughter works oppositely. It reduces stress hormones, thus lowering the amount of oxidation in the blood vessels.
Throughout centuries, laughter was prescribed as a cure and a way of recovery from surgeries. One of the French surgeons, Henri de Mondeville, applied laughter to speed up the recovery process. He wrote: “Let the surgeon take care to regulate the whole regimen of the patient’s life for joy and happiness, allowing his relatives and special friends to cheer him and by having someone tell him jokes.” So keep smiling! “A cheerful heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit makes one sick.” Proverbs 17:22
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