SMILE when you don’t want to, or for no reason at all!

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Many of us have been told to “smile more”, as this sends off a more friendly and inviting signal to the outer world.  However, the act of smiling (even when we don’t feel like it) has powerful internal effects as well.  Researchers have shown that the mere act of smiling, even when “forced”, sends a signal to the body’s “fight or flight” response system that the coast is clear.

This signaling can help reduce anxiety and slow the triggering of stress hormones such as cortisol.  These factors can lead to marked improvements in brain health, as lower anxiety and stress levels have been indicated to reduce or even prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.  When you least feel like it, smile more to do your body good!

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2 thoughts on “SMILE when you don’t want to, or for no reason at all!

  1. thenovelist– thank you for your feedback. I couldn’t agree more. Hopefully our society will continue to ‘de-stigmatize’ mental health challenges and direct those who suffer to receive the treatment they need. As I’m sure you’re aware (as evidenced from the insights in your novels), we still have so much to learn about what causes depression, anxiety and so many other ailments associated with the brain. While it’s unrealistic to hope for a universal solution overnight, we hope to give our readers proactive coping and preventative mechanisms to help themselves in any way possible. Thanks again for sharing your insights.


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